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Wednesday, April 07, 2004

jeezus.

Yahoo! News - U.S. Hits Mosque Compound; 40 Said Killed

FALLUJAH, Iraq - U.S. Marines in the third day of a battle to pacify this Sunni Muslim city fired a rocket and dropped a 500-pound, laser-guided bomb on a mosque compound Wednesday, and witnesses said as many as 40 people were killed. Shiite-inspired violence spread to key cities in Iraq.

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[U.S. Brig. Gen. Mark] Kimmitt called for the surrender of al-Sadr, who is named in an arrest warrant for involvement in the murder of a rival Shiite cleric almost a year ago.

There was no sign, however, that al-Sadr's forces had eased their attacks:

_ Militiamen battled Spanish soldiers in Najaf, and a taxi driver was killed in the crossfire, a hospital official said.

_ Clashes erupted overnight in Baghdad's Sadr City, killing four Iraqis and wounding seven others, doctors said.

_ Militiamen traded fire with Polish troops in Karbala overnight, killing two Iranian tourists, witnesses said.

_ Gunmen attacked a police car Tuesday night in Youssifiya, south of Baghdad, killing two policemen.

With confirmation of the latest deaths, the American death toll since the war was at least 630.



is it just me, or is this really getting a whole lot worse by the day? Radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr (who is behind much of the latest attacks and bouts of street fighting) wants this operation to turn into "another Vietnam" unless the US hands the keys over to Iraqis not currently associated with the US occupation of their country. Doesn't bode well, not when this guy, with all his influence, can get the entire country motivated against us.

sounds like he's got a much better plan than we do.

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