April 27, 2004

CAN JIHADI COME OUT AND PLAY...:

U.S. Troops, Insurgents Battle Near Najaf: Bulk of 64 Dead Are Militiamen Loyal to Moqtada Sadr (Karl Vick and Fred Barbash, April 27, 2004, Washington Post)

U.S. troops killed more than 60 insurgents in an overnight battle near Najaf but steered well clear of the city itself, avoiding a perilous confrontation in a stronghold of Iraq's militant Shiite rebels.

Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt, the chief U.S. military spokesman, took pains to note that early reports of the fighting had "mischaracterized" it as being in the city, parts of which are considered sacred to Shiite Muslims across the globe.

Most of the dead, he said, were militiamen loyal to Shiite cleric Moqtada Sadr, who has taken refuge in Najaf, 90 miles south of Baghdad. But American troops never crossed the Euphrates River into Najaf, he stressed.


For ease of identification later, the Mahdi Army, before going into battle, rather than put on dog tags, should tie on toe tags.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 27, 2004 2:00 PM
Comments

Remember all those people hiding in Arafat's compound who were afraid to come out and be killed by Israeli forces? By the end of the week the number of al-Sadr supporters staying indoors will make the grand mosque in Najaf look like Grand Central Terminal on a holiday weekend rush hour.

Posted by: John at April 27, 2004 2:51 PM

The heading hits a little close to home--there's a little boy named Jihadi in my son's kindergarten class. I haven't had the nerve to ask his parents...

Posted by: jsmith at April 27, 2004 11:57 PM

John,

That will be the time to apply the tear gas ... "bigtime!"

Posted by: genecis at April 28, 2004 10:28 AM
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