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September 10, 2005 3:00 AM

U.S., Iraqi troops launch offensive to clean out an insurgent hotbed

U.S. and Iraqi soldiers killed nearly 150 suspected insurgents Saturday in a new offensive to clean out Tal Afar, a northern city near the Syrian border, Iraqi officials said The offensive which includes 5,000 Iraqi soldiers is the largest since U.S. forces entered Fallujah in November, leveling much of that city.

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