Monday, April 05, 2004

Things are going just SWIMMINGLY 

Iraqi security forces/police accompanying U.S. soldiers came under heavy fire. The motherfucking Iraqi security forces TURNED THEIR GUNS ON THE U.S. SOLDIERS AND FIRED along with the insurgents.

WHAT THE FUCK IS GOING ON OVER THERE? I'm certain, as certain as I am alive, that there are many U.S. soldiers in Iraq thinking the EXACT SAME QUESTION.

And why is this story unreported in any U.S. news agencies? Why do we once again have to go to the British or or Canadian or, in this case, Australian newspapers for the unvarnished truth?

US helicopters fire on Sadr supporters in Baghdad

April 5, 2004 - 11:44PM

US Apache helicopters sprayed fire on the private army of radical Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr during fierce battles today in the western Baghdad district of Al-Showla, witnesses and an AFP correspondent said.

"Two Apaches opened fire on armed members of the Mehdi Army," said Showla resident Abbas Amid.

The fighting erupted when five trucks of US soldiers and the Iraqi Civil Defense Corps (ICDC) tried to enter the district and were attacked by Sadr supporters, Amid said.

Coming under fire, the ICDC, a paramilitary force trained by the Americans, turned on the US soldiers and started to shoot at them, according to Amid.

The soldiers fled their vehicles and headed for cover and then began to battle both the Mehdi Army and the ICDC members, he said. Their vehicles were set ablaze.

Heavy gunfire rattled the district and columns of black smoke billowed into the sky.


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