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10/17/05:  World News: US Military: Coalition Forces Kill 70 Insurgents in Western Iraq


The U.S. military in Iraq says coalition forces have killed an estimated 70 terrorists in separate operations in areas of Al Anbar province west of Baghdad.
A military statement says 20 insurgents were killed Sunday when U.S. troops called in aircraft to bomb a group of suspects preparing to plant roadside bombs near Ramadi. The military says another 50 insurgents were killed in clashes and air strikes in the region.
Local residents say at least half of the dead were civilians.

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has wrapped up a diplomatic tour focused on Iran's nuclear

program ahead of U.N. Security Council meetings.


Ms. Rice held talks with leaders in Central Asia, France, Russia and Britain on ways to bring Iran back to stalled nuclear talks.

Airborne relief operations in Pakistan's earthquake-hit northern areas resumed as weather conditions improved today (Monday).
Reports from Muzaffarabad -- the capital of Pakistani Kashmir -- say helicopters with relief supplies began arriving in the city shortly after daybreak. Relief teams were also heading to outlying mountain villages where authorities fear thousands of survivors may have been living in the open in cold rains since the massive quake nine days ago.

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