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grytpype Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 08:07 PM
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NYT: U.S. and Iraqi Troops Clash With Cleric’s Militia (more details)
More details of the clash between US forces and the Mahdi Army in Diwaniya.

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/09/world/middleeast/09ir...

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Abdul Razzaq al-Nedawi, the head of Mr. Sadr’s office in Diwaniya, said residents were surprised on Sunday when American troops began raiding homes in three residential neighborhoods in the middle of the night.

“There was an agreement with the Iraqi government that U.S. forces would not enter residential areas in this city,” he said. “This agreement was made through a channel linked to the office of the prime minister.”

Up to 10 teams of militiamen with rocket-propelled grenade launchers attacked the Iraqi and American troops, the military said. Over all, 30 militiamen were killed, according to the American military.

But Mr. Nedawi denied that any Mahdi Army fighters were killed. Only three were wounded, he said, one of them seriously. Hameed al-Shawali, an official from the Diwaniya health ministry, said the city’s hospital treated six wounded and received no bodies.

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patrick t. cakes Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 08:10 PM
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1. hearts and
minds.
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BeyondThePale Donating Member (895 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 08:17 PM
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2. hearts and minds have taken...
the last train out of town.

What a fucking disaster we have brought on these people
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Zhade Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 09:17 PM
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3. Can't blame the rebels at all.
I'd do the same thing.

Like it or not, WE'RE the illegal invaders.

(That said, I am so NOT down with the killing of innocents on either side.)

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