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Also in Diyala, multinational forces killed two fighters and detained four during search operations in Baquba, the US military said. A big weapons cache was also found.
In another development, Iraqi security forces found a spy plane, heavy weapons and documentary films during an overnight search operation in Basra, the southern city's police chief, General Abdel- Jalil Khalaf, told Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa.
The general described the raid as 'the biggest offensive' since British troops handed over security to Iraqi forces on December 16.