US kills 7 in Tikrit as raids increase in number

14 November 2003
US forces on 14 November killed seven Iraqis in a helicopter raid on militants suspected of planning a rocket attack against coalition forces in Tikrit, northern Iraq. One man was injured in the raid and another escaped from the scene. US troops later found a cache of about 600 rockets in two separate bunkers.

In Baghdad, American troops are carrying out an operation against insurgents near the international airport. Codenamed Iron Hammer, the raid aims to irradiate militants from the former Saddam Hussein's Republican Guard.

In the northern city of Mosul, three coalition soldiers were injured when a bomb exploded near their convoy on 13 November.

In southern Iraq, members of the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) have been confined to their compound in Basra after a 'specific threat' was made against the organisation. They expect to remain confounded to the compound's grounds until late on 15 November.

US soldiers detained 14 suspected terrorists, including eight who belonged to a Mosul terrorist cell suspected of plotting to assassinate a top coalition official. Separately, another three suspects were arrested for 'conducting attacks on U.S. forces,' a US military spokesman said.

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