U.S.-led forces unleashed a strike early Wednesday at a suspected safehouse in rebel-held Fallujah (search) where terrorist leaders were believed to be meeting, the military said in a statement. There was no immediate word on casualties.
American warplanes roared over the city, residents said. Intelligence sources confirmed that leaders of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's (search) terrorist network were meeting at a building in southwest Fallujah at the time of the strike just after 2:30 a.m., the statement said.
It was the latest in weeks of strikes in the city 40 miles west of Baghdad aimed at al-Zarqawi's network and their associates. Followers of the Jordanian militant have claimed responsibility for a string of deadly bombings, kidnappings and other attacks across the country.
"Removing these criminals from Iraq and active service to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, diminishes the capabilities of the terrorist network to conduct attacks," the military said.