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Iraqi troops and American Special Forces advisers surprised an alleged meeting of al-Qaida in Iraq operatives north of Baghdad, arresting at least 23 people accused of being part of the terror network, U.S. military officials said Tuesday.

The raid took place Saturday night in Sharqat, officials said.

“The meeting was held to elect a new emir since their previous one, Sabah Abdul-Rahman Abosh, was killed by Iraqi and Coalition Forces in a firefight Sept. 28,” a news release read.

When leaving the raid site, the troops were hit by roadside bombs and small-arms fire, officials said. No injuries were reported, but two additional arrests were made in the fight.

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