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October 21, 2007

Winning Hearts And Minds…U.S. Troops In Sadar City Help 49 Terrorists Earn Their Eternal Reward

Some enterprising terrorists thought it would be a cool idea to launch a fairly sustained attack on U.S troops in Sadar City today. Unfortunately for them they brought the proverbial knife to what turned out to be a combined arms fight.

In Sadr City, the U.S. military said "an estimated 49 criminals" were killed in three separate engagements during a raid targeting a suspected rogue Shiite militia leader specializing in kidnapping operations for which he sought funding from Iran.

U.S. troops returned fire after coming under sustained attack from automatic weapons and rocket-propelled grenades from nearby buildings as they began to raid a series of buildings in the district, according to a statement, which added that some 33 militants were killed in the firefight. Ground forces then called in airstrikes, which killed some six militants.

The U.S. troops were then attacked by a roadside bomb and continued heavy fire as they left the area, killing another 10 combatants in subsequent clashes.

"All total, coalition forces estimate that 49 criminals were killed in three separate engagements during this operation. Ground forces reported they were unaware of any innocent civilians being killed as a result of this operation," the military said in the updated statement.

There doesn’t appear to any reports of US casualties in these fights. Of course there are the usual reports of civilian casualties and insinuations that the US is indiscriminately killing women, children and wedding guests. Naturally there is no notice paid to the fact that the terrorists launched their attacks from within a residential neighborhood which almost guarantees that civilians will be caught in the middle.

My guess is that every single US serviceman and woman in Iraq would welcome the opportunity to meet the enemy toe to toe in an area away from civilians. Of course in addition to eliminating civilian deaths, it would also lead to the absolute elimination of the cowards who hide behind civilians in a matter of minutes.


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