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US bombers and jet fighters unleashed 40,000 pounds of explosives during a 10-minute airstrike Thursday morning, flattening what the military called Al Qaida in Iraq safehavens on the southern outskirts of the capital.
A military statement said two B-1 bombers and four F-16 fighters dropped the explosives on Arab Jabour in 10 strikes on 40 targets.
The massive attack was part of Operation Phantom Phoenix, a nationwide campaign launched Tuesday against Al Qaida in Iraq.
"Thirty-eight bombs were dropped within the first 10 minutes, with a total tonnage of 40,000 pounds," the statement said.
The punishing attack was carried out above approaching troops of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, which has battled insurgents south of the capital for months. (AP)
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