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Air Strikes Target Army Of Rebel Cleric Sadr
The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 8-11-2004 | Adrian Blomfield

Posted on 08/10/2004 5:26:27 PM PDT by blam

Air strikes target army of rebel cleric Sadr

By Adrian Blomfield in Baghdad
(Filed: 11/08/2004)

American aircraft struck the Iraqi holy city of Najaf last night, hours after military vehicles toured its streets calling for militants to leave the city or die.

As fighting raged in Shia strongholds across the south, US troops trying to recapture the centre of Najaf called in air strikes against Shia militiamen who have taken up defensive positions in the city's cemetery.

An Iraqi boy brandishes an American weapon in Najaf

After dusk, US warplanes flew sorties over the city, the spiritual focal point of the rebellion, and rained bombs on the ancient graveyard.

Earlier in the day, helicopters strafed positions held by the Mahdi army of the cleric Moqtada al-Sadr.

In Basra, calm returned a day after the death of a British soldier in an ambush by Sadr's fighters.

Residents in the town said shops had re-opened and both British soldiers and the Mahdi army appeared to have withdrawn their men from the streets.

Meanwhile, a row was simmering between London and Copenhagen last night after Denmark's military contingent in southern Iraq said it would no longer hand over prisoners to British forces commanding the region.

A Danish defence ministry spokesman said the decision had been taken after Iraq reintroduced capital punishment on Sunday.

It was feared that prisoners who were handed over to the Iraqis could face execution.


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: air; army; cleric; rebel; sadr; strikes; target

1 posted on 08/10/2004 5:26:29 PM PDT by blam
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To: blam
It was feared that prisoners who were handed over to the Iraqis could face execution.

Cry me a frikkin' river.

2 posted on 08/10/2004 5:35:18 PM PDT by John Valentine ("The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits." - Albert Einstein)
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To: blam

Would a daisy cutter work on a cemetary?


3 posted on 08/10/2004 5:36:58 PM PDT by bayourod (I resent Kerry telling me that his values, not mine are the only true American values.)
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To: John Valentine

It was feared that prisoners who were handed over to the Iraqis could face execution.

And they say there's no good news.......


4 posted on 08/10/2004 5:37:27 PM PDT by pgobrien (NADER 2004....just to PO the Libs here in NY........)
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To: John Valentine

It was feared that prisoners who were handed over to the Iraqis could face execution.

And they say there's no good news.......


5 posted on 08/10/2004 5:37:29 PM PDT by pgobrien (NADER 2004....just to PO the Libs here in NY........)
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To: bayourod

Most of the flowers at a cemetary are already "cut." 8^>


6 posted on 08/10/2004 5:39:46 PM PDT by RobRoy (You only "know" what you experience. Everything else is mere belief.)
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To: blam

What's that I hear? "Puff, the Magic Dragon..."


7 posted on 08/10/2004 5:41:18 PM PDT by ApesForEvolution (DemocRATS are communists and want to destroy America only to replace it with the USSA)
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To: blam

Seems the Danes don't honor the cultural diversity that makes us this great planet of ours.


8 posted on 08/10/2004 5:42:10 PM PDT by ibbryn (this tag intentionally left blank)
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To: blam

The Denmark force should pull out for their own safety. THe insurg have them marked for wussies by now.


9 posted on 08/10/2004 5:43:08 PM PDT by oyez (¡Qué viva la revolución de Reagan!)
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To: pgobrien

"It was feared that prisoners who were handed over to the Iraqis could face execution."

Scheezopetes,! at least they have a trial, with the islamofasist they cut your head off and "praise allah "that they were so brave.....


10 posted on 08/10/2004 5:45:34 PM PDT by blastdad51 (Proud father of an Enduring Freedom vet, and friend of a soldier lost in Afghanistan)
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To: blam

Well, the Danish sure know how to make a lasting impression hugh. God forbid a terrorist be executed. What a laughing stock!


11 posted on 08/10/2004 5:46:48 PM PDT by DoughtyOne
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To: DoughtyOne

Or even worse, be forced to wear panties on their heads.


12 posted on 08/10/2004 5:48:41 PM PDT by bayourod (I resent Kerry telling me that his values, not mine are the only true American values.)
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To: DoughtyOne

Or even worse, be forced to wear panties on their heads.


13 posted on 08/10/2004 5:48:47 PM PDT by bayourod (I resent Kerry telling me that his values, not mine are the only true American values.)
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To: blam

I sure hope the Danes are using rubber bullets. I'd hate to see them actually hurt someone serious.


14 posted on 08/10/2004 5:51:11 PM PDT by DoughtyOne
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To: bayourod

Agreed. That would make about as much sense, LOL.


15 posted on 08/10/2004 5:53:02 PM PDT by DoughtyOne
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To: blam
American aircraft struck the Iraqi holy city of Najaf last night, hours after military vehicles toured its streets calling for militants to leave the city or die.

It's OK. We're dropping holy bombs to give them holy Hell for housing such a holy terror as al-Sadr. And the press can kiss my holy butt.

16 posted on 08/10/2004 5:53:24 PM PDT by VadeRetro
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To: bayourod

I say from now all all executed Jihadi's in the region shall be slain by having womens undergarments placed upon their heads right before they are sawed off with a dull knife and then their entrails shall be fed to the swine.

And as to the Dane's. Tell both of them to go home now.


17 posted on 08/10/2004 5:53:24 PM PDT by festus (The constitution may be flawed but its a whole lot better than what we have now.)
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To: bayourod

I'll bet it probably wouldn't even disturb the "residents."


18 posted on 08/10/2004 5:57:07 PM PDT by ItsForTheChildren
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To: oyez
"The Denmark force should pull out for their own safety. THe insurg have them marked for wussies by now."

Nope!
We should stand up and tell them to get the hell out and leave their equipment for the men & women who are willing to actually pull the trigger.

19 posted on 08/10/2004 6:00:07 PM PDT by norton
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To: blam

So, does the Danish army use only nonlethal weapons?


20 posted on 08/10/2004 6:00:22 PM PDT by John Jorsett
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To: John Jorsett

No. the Danish Army IS a non-lethal weapon.


21 posted on 08/10/2004 6:18:24 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (John Kerry - I committed war crimes before I denounced them)
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To: bayourod

Would probly work fine but would probly be overkill.
Methinks that napalm would be perfect in this situation.


22 posted on 08/10/2004 6:23:37 PM PDT by 76834
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To: bayourod

A daisy cutter will work on just about anything.


23 posted on 08/10/2004 7:10:17 PM PDT by ChinaThreat
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