posted on Apr, 6 2004 @ 02:39 PM
US Forces came under attack in the Sunni Triangle city of Ar Ramadi today. Reports from sources in the area indicate extremely heavy fighting as
rebels storm a US Marines compound in the city. The compound is staffed by Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 4th Regiment.
The Pentagon is reporting "significant"
US KIAs (killed in action) and many injuries. Pentagon officials have indicated at least twelve
dead, but unconfirmed early reports put the number of deaths at over 100. All accounts indicate thus far that the lower number is representative of
the true number of American casualties.
The attack started after midnight local time when the compound was fired upon by groups armed with assault rifles, RPGs and mortars. Waves of offense
indicated this was a well-organized and coordinated attack that had been planned out for some time.
Coalition forces have contained the threat by this early hour and have reportedly captured several of the insurgents.
Reports from the ground are calling this the "most intense" fighting since the beginning of the war. Military sources say the insurgents appear to
be well-trained in urban combat, and that the attack seems to have been planned out well in advance. Waves of heavily armed fighters stormed the
compound and fighting spilled out onto the streets.
It was initially believed that the al-Mahdi Army, commanded by Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, was involved in the attack. However, the possibility
remains open that the insurgents were Baathist loyalists to ousted leader Saddam Hussein.
This is being called a Jihad by religous leaders in the country, according to the Pentagon.
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[Edited on 6-4-2004 by Banshee]