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U.S. troops target al Qaeda suspects, killing six

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  • Trainer for female suicide bombers among suspects captured, U.S. says
  • Iraqis displaced by Turkish bombing to get compensation
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BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- U.S. troops killed six suspected al Qaeda terrorists and captured 14 others in operations Saturday and Sunday in central and northern Iraq, the U.S. military said.

One of those captured west of Mahmudiya on Saturday was believed to be responsible for opening a center to train women to be suicide bombers in Yusufiya, the military said. He was also wanted for coordinating attacks against coalition forces, the military said.

Coalition troops, targeting al Qaeda's network in the northeast Diyala River valley, killed four terrorists in a firefight Saturday. After the battle near Muqdadiya, they found machine guns, roadside bombs, rocket-propelled grenade launchers and rounds, the military said.

When coalition forces returned to the Muqdadiya area Sunday to follow up, they engaged insurgents in a battle that ended with two terrorists killed and seven captured, the military said. One of those killed was wearing a suicide bomb vest, the military said. They also found two weapons caches, including rifles, grenades and ammunition.

Coalition forces targeting al Qaeda in Mosul detained six suspected terrorists Sunday, the military said.

Other developments

• Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki announced Sunday that the government will compensate each Iraqi family displaced by the fighting along the Turkish border with $800. Between 300 and 350 families have been displaced in the region since the Turkish airstrikes against rebels from the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, began four months ago, according to Iraqi Kurdish regional security forces spokesman Brig. Gen. Jabbar Yawar. The PKK, which the United States considers a terrorist organization, launches attacks into Turkey from northern Iraq.

• The results of medical tests Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki underwent Sunday in a London hospital were "good," his office said in a statement. It was possible that al-Maliki, 57, would undergo additional testing Monday, the statement said. Al-Maliki's office did not elaborate on the type of medical testing doctors conducted; however, an official with al-Maliki's office said the tests were related to exhaustion. E-mail to a friend E-mail to a friend

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