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Monday, August 09, 2004


Photo: Hadi Mizban /AP

Muqtada al Sadr vowed Monday [at a press conference]:
"I will remain in Najaf city until the last drop of my blood has been spilled."

Photo: Ali Jasim / Reuters

A masked Iraqi Shiite militiaman dashed across a street,
carrying a rocket-propelled grenade launcher, Saturday
near the Baghdad suburb of Sadr City. The Arabic graffiti
reads “No Bush.”

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

Five U.S. troops have been killed in Najaf, according to the military, and the U.S. official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said 19 others had been wounded. He said four Iraqi national guardsmen also had been killed and 12 others had been wounded.

Though he prevaricates ~ "This is not an instant solution. There isn't one." ~ John Kerry has a plan to "bring our troops home."