The military did not provide the age of the women or the age and sex of the child. Three suspected men also were detained.

 

Baby and teenagers killed

 

Garmah, 80km west of Baghdad, is in Anbar province, a large area of western Iraq where many of the country's Sunni Arab armed groups operate.

 

"Coalition forces were able to determine that five terrorists, along with two women and one child, were killed"

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The US military said in a statement: "After the air strike destroyed the building, coalition forces were able to determine that five terrorists, along with two women and one child, were killed."

 

In another US air raid on Friday near Taji, just north of Baghdad, one man was killed and a woman in her 50s wounded. US military officials said she  "... was being used as human shield by the terrorist".

 

"Terrorists continue to deliberately place innocent Iraqi women and children in danger by their actions and presence," the statement said.

 

On Wednesday, two Iraqi women died when US forces backed by aircraft killed eight al-Qaeda-in-Iraq insurgents during a raid near Baqouba, 60km northeast of Baghdad, the military said.

 

A day before, American soldiers killed a seven-month-old-baby and four girls aged between 12 and 17 after fighting with suspected armed groups in Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province. One man was also killed, the US command said.

 

Another Iraqi woman was wounded. The military quoted residents as saying the building attacked "was a known anti-Iraqi force safe house".