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U.S. Holds 20 Suspected al-Qaida in Iraq

An explosion on a road frequently used by British troops killed six civilians in the southern city of Basra, hospital officials said Tuesday, and the top U.S. commander in Iraq said the military detained about 20 people suspected of links to al-Qaida. Also, an explosion occurred Tuesday afternoon as U.S. soldiers were escorting 16 Iraqi prisoners from jail to a court in the Waziriyah district, injuring two Iraqi policemen and two prisoners, police Sgt. Ali Manhal said. Meanwhile, a Kurdish guerrilla group that battled the Turkish army for 15 years said it was morphing into a peaceful organization. The Basra blast occurred during the morning rush hour and destroyed two cars, witnesses said. Soldiers blocked off access to the site, and Iraqi police and hospital officials said six civilians were killed. Full Story

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