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Big Iraq Battle Underway – 250 Terrorists Killed

From a despondent Reuters:

Iraqi soldiers take up positions at Zarqa, 20 kilometers (12 miles) northeast of Najaf, Iraq, Sunday Jan. 28, 2007.

US, Iraqi forces kill 250 in Najaf

Jan 29, 2007

NAJAF, Iraq (Reuters) – U.S. and Iraqi forces killed 250 gunmen in a fierce battle involving U.S. tanks and helicopters on the outskirts of the Shi’ite holy city of Najaf on Sunday, a senior Iraqi police officer said.

The day-long battle was continuing after nightfall, Colonel Ali Nomas told Reuters, as tens of thousands of pilgrims converged on the nearby city of Kerbala for the climax of the Ashura commemorations.

A U.S. helicopter was shot down in the fighting, Iraq security sources said. The U.S. military declined comment. A Reuters reporter saw a helicopter come down trailing smoke.

Shi’ite political sources said the gunmen appeared to be both Sunni Arabs and Shi’ites loyal to a cleric called Ahmed Hassani….

Funny how Reuters went out of their way to claim that the gunmen are both Sunni and Shiites.

I suspect that is untrue, since Najaf is the center of Shiite political power in Iraq.

But Reuters wouldn’t want to make it seem like the surge might be having an effect against Muqtada al-Sadr’s "Mahdi Army."

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Sunday, January 28th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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