Joint US-Iraq raids kill eight civilians

Eight civilians were killed on Wednesday in raids conducted by US and Iraqi security forces in Fallujah, west of Baghdad, Iraqi officials said.

A US military spokesman confirmed an “incident” had occurred in Fallujah and an investigation would be started, but declined to give any further details. He confirmed at least one fatality.

The dead included two women and two children. The four men included a former colonel in the Iraqi army during the rule of now executed dictator Saddam Hussein, Fallujah police director Brigadier General Faisal al-Essawi said.

Fallujah media chief Mohammed Fathi confirmed the raid and the toll.

Dr Omar al-Delli at Fallujah hospital said four bodies had so far been received. Essawi said four other bodies had been taken away by the forces who conducted the raid.