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Monday, August 09, 2004

Iraq Cleric Vows Fight to Death Vs. U.S.

August 9, 2004
The fighting continued between U.S. forces and Muqtada al-Sadr's Mahdi Army militia. Explosions and gunfire were heard throughout the city and U.S. helicopters hovered overhead. A Najaf hospital spokesman said three were killed, including two policemen, and 19 were wounded.

A senior U.S. military official in Baghdad estimated Monday that 360 insurgents died in Najaf in the first four days of the battle, although al-Sadr's militia insists the toll has been far lower.

Al-Sadr vowed to keep up the battle. "I will continue fighting," al-Sadr told reporters. "I will remain in Najaf city until the last drop of my blood has been spilled." ... FR Reprint.


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