Published: 12 October 2007
A US attack killed 19 insurgents and 15 civilians, including nine children, in Iraq - one of the heaviest civilian death tolls in an American operation in recent months.
The military said it was targeting senior leaders of al-Qa'ida in Iraq.
American forces have applied fierce and determined pressure on militants, especially al-Qa'ida in Iraq, since the full contingent of additional US troops arrived on June 15.
But Prime Minister Nouri Maliki has recently confronted top American commander General David Petraeus about what he sees as overly aggressive US tactics that harm innocent civilians, according to Iraqi officials.