[Marxism] 7 U.S. Soldiers Killed as Violence Erupts Across Iraq

Walter Lippmann walterlx at earthlink.net
Sun Apr 4 16:45:43 MDT 2004

Has anyone heard about what's been going on in Fallujah? 
The US was promising to go in there and take revenge for 
the killing of the four US mercenaries there. Who knows, 
THIS may distract them from Fallujah for a moment. The
US definitely seem to have gotten in over its head now.

One thing is clear: the idea that resistance to the US 
occupation was nothing but remnants of Saddam Hussein's 
regime has been shown to be nothing but Washington's 
propaganda since the Shi'ites were totally oppressed 
under the Saddam regime. Washington told us to expect
the Iraqis would roll out the red carpet for the US as 
liberators, but the only red on the carpet is from the 
blood being shed there. A horrible spectacle unfolding.
I look forward to Robert Fisk's reporting on this.

In addition to the seven from the US, four Salvadoran 
soldiers were killed but the Salvadoran regime says 
this won't stop them from keeping their troops on to
support Washington:

People don't like liberators who come bearing bayonets.

Walter Lippmann

April 4, 2004
7 U.S. Soldiers Killed as Violence Erupts Across Iraq
Filed at 5:14 p.m. ET

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Seven U.S. soldiers were killed
Sunday in fighting with Shiite militiamen in the Baghdad
neighborhood of Sadr City, the U.S. military said. At least
24 other American troops were wounded, the military said in
a written statement.

Elsewhere Sunday, supporters of an anti-U.S. Shiite Muslim
cleric waged violent demonstrations in four Iraqi cities,
punctuated by a gun battle at the Spanish garrison near
this Shiite holy city that killed at least 20 people,
including two coalition soldiers -- an American and a

The U.S. military also reported two Marines were killed in
a separate ``enemy action'' in Anbar province.

The military said the fighting in Baghdad erupted after
members of a militia loyal to radical Shiite Muslim cleric
Muqtada al-Sadr took control of police stations and
government buildings in Sadr City, a poor neighborhood of
mainly Shiites on the eastern outskirts of the capital.

``Coalition forces and Iraqi security forces prevented this
effort and reestablished security in Baghdad at the cost of
seven U.S. soldiers killed and more than two dozen
wounded,'' the military statement said. It said militiamen
attacked the soldiers with small arms fire and
rocket-propelled grenades.

Sadr City is a stronghold of al-Sadr supporters. The
fighting Sunday came hours after his followers attacked a
coalition garrison in the southern holy city of Najaf. Two
coalition soldiers and at least 20 Iraqis were killed in
that fighting.

Protesters also clashed with Italian and British forces in
other cities in a broad, violent challenge to the U.S.-led
coalition, raising questions about its ability to stabilize
Iraq ahead of a scheduled June 30 handover of power to

With less than three months left before then, the U.S.
occupation administrator appointed an Iraqi defense
minister and chief of national intelligence.

``These organizations will give Iraqis the means to defend
their country against terrorists and insurgents,'' L. Paul
Bremer said at a press conference.

About three miles outside Najaf, supporters of
anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr opened fire on the
Spanish garrison during a street protest that drew about
5,000 people. The protesters were angry over the arrest of
the cleric's aide, said the Spanish Defense Ministry in

The attackers opened fire at about noon, said Cmdr. Carlos
Herradon, a spokesman for the Spanish headquarters in
nearby Diwaniyah.

The Spanish and Salvadoran soldiers inside the garrison
fired back, and assailants later regrouped in three
clusters outside the base as the shooting continued for
several hours.

Two soldiers -- a Salvadoran and an American -- died and
nine other soldiers were wounded, the Spanish defense
ministry said. No other details were available.

More than 200 people were wounded, said Falah Mohammed,
director of the Najaf health department. El Salvador's
defense minister said several Salvadoran soldiers were

The death toll of at least 20 included two Iraqi soldiers
who were inside the Spanish base, witnesses said.

Spain has 1,300 troops stationed in Iraq, and the Central
American contingent is of a similar size. The Salvadorans
are under Spanish command as part of an international
brigade that includes troops from Central America.

Multiple train bombings in Madrid last month that killed
191 people have been blamed on al-Qaida-linked terrorists,
who said they were punishing Spain for its alliance with
the United States in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Spain's new government, elected just days after the March
11 train bombings, has promised to make good on its
pre-election promise to withdraw all Spanish troops from
Iraq unless command for peacekeeping is turned over to the
United Nations.

In El Salvador, the defense minister said the attack will
not alter his country's role in reconstruction efforts.

Copyright 2004 The Associated Press

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