US Raid Kills 7 Iraqis

The U.S. military in Iraq says seven Iraqis, including three women, were killed during a raid targeting a suspected al-Qaida operative north of Baghdad.

A military statement says coalition ground forces surrounded a building in the Tikrit area and killed the main suspect, believed to be a bomb expert. The military says when others in the building did not come out, forces called in an airstrike that killed three additional suspected insurgents and the three women.

The military says a child was pulled from the rubble and is receiving medical attention.

Earlier Friday, South Korea's Defense Ministry confirmed it will withdraw all its troops from Iraq by the end of the year as planned.

South Korean soldiers cheer during a farewell ceremony at a military base in Kwangju, south of Seoul (file photo)South Korea sent 3,600 troops to Iraq in 2004, but has gradually scaled back to fewer than 600 personnel.

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki says the U.S. has agreed to withdraw its troops by 2011. But U.S. officials say withdrawal plans are not finalized.

The U.S. invaded Iraq in 2003, citing concerns about alleged weapons of mass destruction programs. No such weapons were ever found.

On Thursday, a U.S. military helicopter crashed in southern Iraq outside Basra, killing all seven American soldiers on board. The military says the helicopter was not brought down by hostile fire.

In another development, the U.S. military says coalition forces detained 12 suspected al-Qaida terrorists in Iraq on Wednesday and Thursday.

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