U.S. forces launched pre-dawn raids in the Shiite neighborhood of Sadr City in Baghdad on Saturday. They were searching for what they said were Iranian-backed militants. U.S. officials said they killed 26 Iraqis in an intense battle.
Saturday was the last day of what has been another bloody month for U.S. forces in Iraq. For the third month, more than 100 U.S. soldiers have been killed in the intense fighting.