Eight dead as US strike hits Iraq forces: Provincial official

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BAGHDAD: Eight Iraqis were killed on Saturday, most of them security personnel, in a US air strike that apparently targeted them by mistake, a provincial official said.

“Eight people — a senior intelligence official, five policemen and a woman — were killed by a US strike on the center of Al-Baghdadi,” a town in western Iraq, the official said, asking not to be identified.

“It seems the strike was a mistake,” the official said of the incident in the Euphrates Valley town, adjacent to the Ain Al-Asad air base 250 kilometers (160 miles) west of the capital.

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