미국의 지원을 받은 이라크 정부군이 국제테러조직 알카에다를 이라크 본거지에서 몰아내기 위한 새 공세작전을 시작했습니다.

이라크 당국은 이번 작전이 이라크 수도 바그다드 북동쪽의 디얄라 주 수도인 바쿠바에서 감행된 일련의 공세로 시작됐다고 밝혔습니다.

미군 당국은 이라크 군 부대가 미군으로부터 최소한의 지원을 받은 채 이번 전투를 이끌고 있다고 밝혔습니다.

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U.S.-backed Iraqi forces have launched a new offensive designed to wipe out al-Qaida in Iraq from one of its last strongholds.


Officials say the operation began today (Tuesday)with a series of raids in Baquba, the capital of Diyala province, northeast of Baghdad.



U.S. military officials say Iraqi troops are leading the fight, with only minimal support from U.S. forces.

Officials say similar operations elsewhere have contributed to a sharp decline in terrorist attacks.


Meanwhile, police in Baghdad have increased security as hundreds of thousands or Shi'ite pilgrims make their way to a revered shrine, one day after three female suicide bombers killed at least 30 pilgrims, including children.


The pilgrimage to the shrine peaks today and officials have predicted as many as one million Shi'ites could attend the commemoration in the Iraqi capital.