Sadr City attacks kill at least 925 Iraqis

Clashes between Shiite militiamen and security forces have killed more than 900 people in Baghdad's Sadr City, Iraqi officials said Wednesday, as Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki vowed to press the offensive to its conclusion.

Civilians among 28 killed as US bombs Sadr City

Photographs showed the dust-covered body of at least one child being pulled from a mountain of rubble after Tuesday's fighting.

Another proud day in US military history

Pictures show destruction caused by US bombing of civilians.

151 Congressmen Profit From War

More than a quarter of senators and congressmen have invested at least $196 million of their own money in companies doing business with the Department of Defense (DoD) that profit from the death and destruction in Iraq.

Shadowing Slaughter in Sadr City

As the first UK journalist to be embedded with the rebel Mahdi Army, Hala Jaber reports on its terrifying battle

By Hala Jaber

"Ya'mma, Ya'ba" ("Oh mother, oh father"), cried Amira Zaydan, a 45-year-old spinster, slapping her face and chest as she grieved for her parents Jaleel, 65, and Hanounah, 60, whose house had exploded after apparently being hit by an American rocket.

US troops battle militia in Baghdad despite deal

American troops fought street battles with Shiite militia in Baghdad's Sadr City, killing three people on the first full day of a deal to end fighting in the area, a military official said Monday.

U.S. military hits a wall in Sadr City

In the glow of a full moon, a U.S. military convoy inched toward a strategic road in Sadr City. The goal: to add to a wall being built to carve out a haven in the Shiite Muslim militia stronghold.

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Iraq Civilians Reportedly Among Sadr City Dead

Tina Susman, of The Los Angeles Times, reports "the US Army said they were militants. Sadr City residents said at least some were civilians, and photographs showed a dust-covered child being pulled from a mountain of rubble after Tuesday's fighting. Whatever the facts, at least 28 people were dead after the four-hour battle, the latest killed in a showdown between US and Iraqi forces and Shiite Muslim militiamen over recent weeks."

The Insurgent as Counterinsurgent

Spencer Ackerman writes for The Washington Independent: "In early April, the tenuous security gains of 2007's surge by US troops in Iraq were jeopardized by an Iraqi government assault against hard-line Shiite leader Moqtada Sadr. In Basra and the Baghdad neighborhood of Sadr City, Iraqi security forces, backed by US troops, battled Sadr's Mahdi Army militia, leaving at least 925 dead and 2,600 wounded in a campaign that continues as of this writing."


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