Iraqi, US soldiers kill 14 gunmen in Mosul raids

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BAGHDAD, Nov 9 (Reuters) Iraqi and US forces killed 14 suspected insurgents and detained 44 more in raids over the past 48 hours in northern Iraq, the US military said today.

Iraqi and US soldiers also uncovered weapons caches this week in and around the city of Mosul, 390 km north of Baghdad, including rocket-propelled grenades and materials used to make bombs, the US military said in a statement.

Helicopters were used in some of the fighting that took place in Mosul and around Nineveh province, it said.

''Iraqi citizens have been actively providing information to the (Iraqi security forces) and coalition forces to assist them in securing their neighbourhoods,'' US Colonel Stephen Twitty said in the statement.

The raids come as the US military, which has poured an extra 30,000 troops into Iraq this year, touts declining levels of violence, especially in the capital Baghdad.

REUTERS RJ BD1220

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