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WAR: 3 American Troops Killed in Najaf

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posted on Aug, 16 2004 @ 07:40 AM
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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.

 



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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.

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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.




posted on Aug, 16 2004 @ 04:45 PM
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It will be a shame if any US or Iraqi soldiers die or are injured because of the concerns about not damaging the mosque. These soldiers' lives are more important than any building.



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