About 16,000 U.S. and Iraqi troops began a new attack north of Baghdad targeting insurgents in the city of Baqouba, the military said Tuesday.
Local officials, meanwhile, said four civilians, including a 3-year-old girl, were killed Tuesday during a raid by joint U.S.-Iraqi forces in Baghdad's Shiite district of Sadr City.
The U.S. military said four fighters were killed after a fierce gunfight, but it had no reports of civilian deaths.
A police officer in Sadr City, speaking on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to release the information, said the four civilians were killed and five others were wounded as American and Iraqi troops backed by helicopters, conducted house-to-house searches in the sprawling area in eastern Baghdad.
Associated Press photos showed the body of 3-year-old Zahraa Hussein lying in a wooden coffin, her white nightdress stained with blood. Police said she and her father had been struck by shrapnel while they slept on the roof of their house seeking comfort from the heat.
Spokesman Lt. Col. Christopher Garver said he had no reports of civilians killed in the operation.
"I can't confirm that our operation did that," he said, referring to Hussein's death.
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