Commander: Troops Flush Al-Qaida from Baquba

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It's been about two weeks since U.S. forces launched an offensive against al-Qaida fighters who held control of the city of Baquba, about 35 miles northeast of Baghdad, the capital of Diyala province in Iraq.

About 10,000 U.S. troops are now posted in and around Baquba, along with about 1,500 Iraqi army forces.

Brig. Gen. Mick Bednarek is commanding the operation, and he says al-Qaida fighters have been cleared — or have fled — from the western part of the city.



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