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WAR: Najaf Cemetery Brings New Concerns to US Troops

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posted on Aug, 14 2004 @ 01:31 AM
As US troops continue to battle in the town of Najaf, they are increasingly coming under fire from snipers and the like. They however, continue to operate under strict rules of engagement to try to avoid causing civilian casulties.
NAJAF, Iraq - The platoon leader's call came crackling over Charlie Company radios: "We're taking RPG fire, 800 meters! Small arms fire, 300 meters!"

With night falling, the soldiers of the 1st Calvary Division were being attacked again by militants creeping tombstone by tombstone toward them in Najaf's sprawling cemetery, a killing field neither side has managed to secure in more than a week of sporadic fighting.

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It really shows that the US forces are trying the their best to keep civilian casulties to a minimum and not damage mosques etc. Urban warfare is difficult at best, but now they have to be extra careful. Having to secure a cemetery has to be the most difficult mission around. Add to that a rebel group that has no qualms about killing civilians

[edit on 8-14-2004 by Valhall]

posted on Aug, 14 2004 @ 01:35 AM
It should be pointed out that yesterday they had killed over 300 of the militants holding out in the area, while there had been 4 US troop deaths.

posted on Aug, 14 2004 @ 01:55 AM
They say 600 have died since the 5th:

Knight Ridder
Ambulances were allowed into Najaf yesterday to evacuate the wounded. The fighting, which began Aug. 5, killed more than 600 Iraqis and wounded at least 1,200, according to figures from the U.S. military and the Iraqi Health Ministry. At least five American troops were killed in the Najaf clashes, and 19 were wounded.

[edit on 14-8-2004 by AceOfBase]

posted on Aug, 14 2004 @ 08:18 AM
There have only been 4 US deaths because the american attack relies on air power and armour. Not to mention excessive amounts of artillary damaging propery and slaughtering civilians.

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