posted on Aug, 16 2004 @ 07:40 AM
Three American soldiers have been killed in Najaf, Iraq a day after talks of a truce. Dozens of blasts rocked the city as rebels loyal to Moktada
al-Sadr battled American troops through the night.
NAJAF, Iraq, Aug. 16 — Dozens of explosions echoed in this city early today as American marines fired artillery shells into the cemetery from their
base three miles to the north, pressing on through the night in renewed fighting with rebels loyal to Moktada al-Sadr.Please visit the link provided for the complete story.
Iraq's interim government is requesting that American forces hold Mr. Sadr's forces back until they can get their army there.
Najaf is reported to be in chaos. Street fighting and explosions damaging building, the Imam Ali shrine being one of them. It hasn't been
determined whether the explosion that damaged the shrine was American or not.
Journalists, whose safety cannot be assured, have been ordered out of Najaf, the city's electricity has been cut as well. Soldiers in Najaf are
fighting under rules on where and when they can use heavy weapons. Troops understand the need for these rules but are frustrated by their inability
to respond more forcefully to attacks.