August 06, 2004

Sinking into the quagmire...

BAGHDAD (AFP) - More than 1,200 militiamen loyal to radical Shiite cleric Moqtada Sadr surrendered following fierce clashes with US and Iraqi forces in Najaf, the police general directorate said. "Over 1,200 criminals have surrendered to Iraqi forces," it said in a statement, adding that the holy city of Najaf had been "secured."

It said most of the captured militiamen were criminals who were released from Iraqi prisons by ousted president Saddam Hussein before last year's US-led invasion....

... The US military said Friday that 300 militiamen were killed in Najaf since Thursday's fighting, while the province's coalition-appointed governor Adnan al-Zorfi said the number was as high as 400. The military said also three US soldiers were killed and 12 wounded....

Most of them were criminals released by Saddam. Nonetheless, it will remain a matter of faith to those on the left-side, that it was only the blundering and incompetence of the Bush Administration that caused Iraq to become violent...Those guys would be happy campers if only WE had not made mistakes.

Posted by John Weidner at August 6, 2004 03:29 PM | TrackBack
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