Смотрю вот сайт СНН, и не вижу особого поводя для радости для прогрессивной общественности--уже 24 часа как "хороших новостей" нету. Только всё больше и больше криков о невинных вдовах и сиротах. Значит... сами понимаете, что значит. Скоро у наших местных патриотов длинные лица будут, и перейдём во вторую фазу МД--будем говорить не о трусливых американцах (сбежавших из Фаллуджи) и доблестных иракских бойцах, а о кровожадных безжалостных GI, которые иракских детей на завтрак кушают, и вдов насилуют прямо на поле боя.
Fighting for control
In the offensive against al-Sadr's militia, dubbed Operation Resolute Sword, Sanchez said forces will retake Kut imminently and said progress is under way in the holy Shiite city of Najaf. Sanchez said there are still coalition forces in Najaf and base camps.
"We have not left the city. What is under control by Mehdi elements," he said, is the "inner part of the city, police stations and government buildings."
The U.S.-led coalition is seeking to regain control of Iraqi cities taken by Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr's militia.
Early Thursday, coalition forces conducted a raid in Sadr City and destroyed a building the militia used as a base of operations, an American military source said.
No coalition casualties were reported, according to the source, and insurgent casualties were described as minimal.
U.S. Army tanks were deployed to protect police stations in the impoverished district named for al-Sadr's father, who was killed by Saddam Hussein's regime.
The encounters with the Mehdi Army have involved "ambush-type" run-ins, Sanchez said, with the militia armed with rocket-propelled grenades, small arms and mortars.
Sanchez said the forces in Najaf were the most well-coordinated.
"There's clearly some military experience in elements," he said, but in the greater sense, "they are not a well-trained force."
Sanchez said that talk of Sunni insurgent support for al-Sadr is a concern but expected, adding that "there may be a linkage at the lowest level."
In Fallujah, the Marines and Iraqi Civil Defense Corps have made "tremendous progress in restoring legitimate authority," Sanchez said.
U.S. Marines take cover during a gun battle earlier this week with insurgents outside Fallujah, Iraq.
"We are engaged in some moderate fighting in the city of Fallujah," he said, and coalition efforts are under way to conduct talks with people in the Sunni stronghold.
More than 280 Iraqis have been killed and 400 wounded in the operation, Taher Al-Issawi, the director of Fallujah's hospital, told The Associated Press.
Sanchez said it is "absolutely regrettable" when civilians get hurt or killed on the battlefield.
He said there are no plans to "isolate" Fallujah from medical and food aid but said such assistance has to be coordinated with coalition officials.
"We are not cutting off humanitarian aid and food to the city of Fallujah," Sanchez said.
"If we are shooting vehicles," he said, it's because people from those vehicles have shot at coalition forces.
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