US warplanes attack Najaf, Sadr City

US military aircraft have started bombing sorties targeting al-Mahdi Army positions in the embattled city of Najaf and the Sadr City district in Baghdad.

US forces have penetrated deep into Sadr City
US forces have penetrated deep into Sadr City

A witness told Aljazeera that there were intense explosions in Sadr City late on Monday night.

 

The impoverished slum area is known for its strong ties to Shia leader Muqtada al-Sadr.

 

Further south, al-Mahdi Army positions around the Imam Ali mosque in Najaf came under repeated attacks by AC-130 warplanes.

 

At least eight blasts were heard in the city as an AC-130 was heard circling above.

 

Aljazeera reported the shrine might have sustained considerable damage in the latest aerial assault.

 

Overwhelming firepower

 


It is unclear whether a US missilecaused damage to the shrineIt is unclear whether a US missilecaused damage to the shrine

It is unclear whether a US missile
caused damage to the shrine

The attacks mark the third consecutive night US occupation forces have resorted to the overwhelming firepower of the AC-130 aircraft.

 

Earlier on Monday, al-Sadr spokesman Aws al-Khafaji said a US missile caused some damage on the outer wall of the shrine.

 

A US military spokesman denied that his forces caused the damage, but it could not be independently confirmed.

 

Al-Sadr’s unarmed supporters are still lodged inside the Imam Ali shrine while al-Mahdi Army militia retain control of the alleys and streets leading to it.

Source : Al Jazeera, News Agencies

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