August 18, 2004
U.S. Forces Kill 50 Sadr Militia in Baghdad Suburb (Reuters, 8/18/04)
U.S. forces killed more than 50 Shi'ite militiamen on Wednesday in a significant advance into a Baghdad suburb that is a powerbase for radical cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, the military said.
The forces, backed by tanks and Bradley fighting vehicles, advanced some 1.5 miles into Sadr City, a slum of two million mainly Shi'ite inhabitants, meeting sporadic resistance.
A U.S. officer said soldiers killed "slightly over" 50 Iraqis identified as firing upon the advancing forces. There was no immediate independent confirmation of the death toll.
"This is the first time (Sadr's) Mehdi militia has had to fight across the entire width of Sadr City. So it's got to throw them off balance," Lieutenant-Colonel Lopez Carter told a pool reporter with the advancing force.
"We've never moved in and stayed like this before," Captain Jon Meredith, 28, commander of a tank company, said. "I think he (Sadr) realizes we're not going to leave this time until it's over with. As far as whether they'll really stop fighting, we'll see."
He's using that ultra-savvy trick the Japanese used in WWII where you make monkeys of the Americans by refusing to surrender. Posted by Orrin Judd at August 18, 2004 8:24 PM