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U.S. forces kill Sunni civilians, tensions rise

U.S. forces kill Sunni civilians, tensions riseBAGHDAD – The U.S. military faced complaints Tuesday from its Sunni allies over claims that more civilians had been killed by American forces – amplifying tensions as the Pentagon tries to calm anger over an airstrike last week that claimed innocent lives.

The disputes have further strained ties with anti-al-Qaida fighters considered crucial in turning the tide against extremist violence.

The latest deaths occurred when U.S. soldiers – acting on tips – stormed a squat, mud-brick house in the village of Adwar, 10 miles south of Saddam Hussein’s hometown of Tikrit. The predominantly Sunni area is home to many former members of Saddam’s regime, and has been the frequent site of American raids.