Soldiers from the 4th Infantry Division (search) killed 10 armed Iraqis who were apparently trying to set up an ambush near a town northeast of Baghdad (search), the U.S. military said Tuesday.

A patrol from the division's 2nd Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment saw 10 Iraqis armed with automatic weapons and rocket propelled grenade launchers Monday night north of the town of Muqdadiyah, the command said in a statement.

"The men were apparently establishing an ambush position," the statement said. "The armed men did not comply with warnings and in response the soldiers fired, killing all 10."

The soldiers recovered five AK-47 (search) assault rifles, four grenade launchers, five rocket propelled grenades, two machine guns, two hand grenades and a pair of night vision goggles, the statement added.