U.S. Forces Push Deeper Into Najaf

by on May 14th, 2004


NAJAF, Iraq  — Four Iraqis were killed and dozens wounded when U.S. tanks and helicopters descended on this holy city Friday and fired on positions held by fighters loyal to Muqtada al-Sadr, who blasted America in a sermon.

The U.S. attack represented the strongest push yet against the radical cleric, whose forces fought intense battles with American forces this week in another holy city, Karbala.

In response, al-Sadr’s militiamen attacked U.S.-led coalition headquarters in Nasiriyah, trapping international staff inside. Explosions and gunfire rocked Karbala, and al-Sadr’s top aides threatened to unleash more attacks across the Shiite south and in Baghdad.

Stephen Macklin