Al Qaeda Claims New Attack in Iraq

Al Qaeda insurgents clashed with Iraqi security forces on Thursday,…

Al Qaeda insurgents clashed with Iraqi security forces on Thursday, the second attack this week in what Al Qaeda in Iraq’s leader has depicted as a new offensive aimed at recapturing lost ground.

At least 12 people were killed, including five Iraqi policemen and seven militants, according to a police source in Diyala Province. The Associated Press reported that an Iraqi helicopter was shot down in the attack, but Iraqi officials said that it had only been damaged.

The fighting began Wednesday night in Hadid town, about six miles northwest of Baquba, in Diyala Province. The area was formerly an insurgent stronghold.

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