Fighting continues in Iraq

by on April 27th, 2004,2933,118248,00.html

BAGHDAD, Iraq  — U.S. troops backed by helicopter gunships battled with insurgents overnight near the southern holy Shiite city of Najaf, killing 43 gunmen and destroying an anti-aircraft system belonging to the insurgents, the U.S. military in Baghdad said Tuesday.

The fighting began Monday night and lasted several hours, a military spokesman said. It came as around 200 U.S. forces made their first deployment inside Najaf, moving into a base that Spanish troops are vacating about three miles from holy shrines near where an anti-American Shiite Muslim cleric is holed up.

Stephen Macklin