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20 militants killed in fierce battle

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Iraqi and US troops backed by helicopter­s killed 20 militants in Baghdad in one of the fiercest gunfights since the launch of a new security crackdown in the capital, authoritie­s said yesterday. Four Iraqi soldiers were also killed in Tuesday's raging battle that left another 16 US troops wounded, although most have since returned to duty., said US military spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Scott Bleichwehl.

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