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20 August 2004 - Iraq Special Weapons News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 20 Aug 2004 [PDF]
- TWO MARINES KILLED IN AL ANBAR PROVINCE
- DoD Identifies Army Casualty
- DoD Identifies Marine Casualties
- DoD Identifies Marine Casualty
- AIR COMPONENT DATA CENTCOM 20 Aug 2004 -- In Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, Coalition aircraft on Aug. 19 flew 50 strike sorties in Close Air Support (CAS) for Main Supply Routes (MSR) and Alternate Supply Routes (ASR), and for Troops in Contact (TIC) situations. (...) In Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, Coalition forces flew 16 strike sorties.
- Iraqi Mosque Remains In Militia's Hands RFE/RL 20 Aug 2004 -- Militia loyal to radical Shi'ite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr appear to remain in control of the Imam Ali Mosque in Al-Najaf today, despite earlier statements from Iraq's interim government that Iraqi police had moved into the shrine.
- IRAQ/ NAJAF VOA 20 Aug 2004 -- There are conflicting reports about who controls a shrine in the Iraqi city of Najaf, where militants have been holed up for weeks. The Interior Ministry says police entered the mosque and arrested hundreds of fighters, but sources in Najaf dispute that claim.
- Iraq: U.S. Warplanes Strike Al-Najaf, Al-Fallujah As Al-Sadr Remains Defiant RFE/RL 20 Aug 2004 -- After intense overnight bombing, the U.S. military has eased its shelling of insurgent positions in the southern Iraqi city of Najaf. U.S. forces pounded positions held by fighters loyal to Shi'a cleric Muqtada al-Sadr in and around the Imam Ali Shrine. The assault came after al-Sadr rejected an ultimatum by interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi for his fighters to end a bloody two-week standoff. Meanwhile, in the central Sunni city of Fallujah, U.S. warplanes are bombing suspected insurgent positions and are also conducting operations in Baghdad's Shi'a suburb of Al-Sadr City.
- Confusion About Who Controls Shi'ite Shrine In Al-Najaf RFE/RL 20 Aug 2004 -- There are conflicting reports about developments around the Imam Ali Mosque in Al-Najaf, which has been occupied for the past two weeks by militia loyal to radical Shi'ite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr.
- Situation in Najaf Unclear VOA News 20 Aug 2004 -- There are conflicting reports on whether Iraqi police or Shi'ite militiamen are in control of the Imam Ali Shrine in the city of Najaf
- Iraqi Police, Shi'ite Religious Authorities Take Control of Najaf Shrine VOA News 20 Aug 2004 -- Iraq's interior ministry says Iraqi police and Shi'ite religious authorities have entered the Imam Ali shrine in Najaf, and are in control of the site.
- 77 Iraqis Reported Killed in Najaf Fighting VOA News 20 Aug 2004 -- The Iraqi holy city of Najaf is reported quiet, after a day of fighting and a night of heavy bombardment of Shi'ite militia positions that killed at least 77 Iraqis and wounded 70 more.
- U.S. Eases Al-Najaf Bombardment RFE/RL 20 Aug 2004 -- After an intense bombardment lasting several hours, the U.S. military ended its shelling of insurgent positions in the Iraqi city of Al-Najaf shortly before daybreak.
- Al-Sadr Offers To Hand Over Al-Najaf Shrine RFE/RL 20 Aug 2004 -- Radical Shi'ite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr is offering to hand control of the Imam Ali shrine in Al-Najaf to the top Shi'ite religious authorities.
- NEW IRAQI AIR FORCE TAKES FLIGHT CENTCOM 20 Aug 2004 -- The Iraqi air force commenced operations Aug. 18, with the flights of two SB7L-360 SEEKER Reconnaissance Aircraft in "limited operations missions" intended to protect infrastructure facilities and Iraq's borders as part of the Iraqi government's continuing mission to provide peace and security to the citizens of Iraq.
- Cleric lambastes US for atrocities in Iraq, sacrilege to holy sites IRNA 20 Aug 2004 -- Senior cleric Ayatollah Mohammad Emami Kashani here on Friday criticized US President George W. Bush for the deepening crisis in Iraq and the escalating violence in the holy city of Najaf, protesting against the aerial attacks by US troops on the holy shrine of Imam Ali (AS).
- Iran calls for emergency OIC summit to discuss Iraq crisis IRNA 20 Aug 2004 -- President Mohammad Khatami here on Friday called on member countries of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) to meet in an emergency summit to try to find solutions to the deepening Iraqi crisis.
- Analysis: The Al-Sadr Standoff RFE/RL 20 Aug 2004 -- Anyone doubting the political savvy of Shi'ite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr must by now admit that the cleric more than makes up for his deficient ideological platform with his ability to influence the Iraqi political scene. No sooner had the office of Shi'ite Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani announced that the ayatollah would fly to London for medical treatment, than al-Sadr's Imam Al-Mahdi Army intensified its attacks on Iraqi and U.S. forces in a number of cities across Iraq.
- RFE/RL Iraq Report, Volume 7, Number 31 20 Aug 2004 -- IRAQI NATIONAL CONFERENCE 'ELECTS' INTERIM ASSEMBLY / U.S. FORCES RAID SCIRI, BADR HEADQUARTERS / BAGHDAD ATTACK KILLS SEVEN, WOUNDS SCORES / AL-NAJAF POLICE CHIEF DISCUSSES KIDNAPPINGS, THREATS, AND BEHEADINGS BY MILITIAMEN / SHI'ITE MILITANTS SET SOUTHERN OIL COMPANY ON FIRE / INTERIOR MINISTER SAYS NO INTENTION TO ARREST IRAQI NATIONAL CONGRESS HEAD / MUSLIM SCHOLARS' ASSOCIATION ISSUES FATWA AGAINST ASSISTING U.S. IN AL-NAJAF / MARTIAL LAW IMPLEMENTED IN AL-KUT / TEHRAN SKEPTICAL ABOUT KIDNAPPING IN IRAQ / STILL NOT CLEAR WHO IS HOLDING IRNA PERSONNEL IN IRAQ / KUWAITI FIRM CLAIMS HOSTAGES SAFE IN IRAQ / IRAQI PRESIDENT VISITS TURKEY / UN MARKS FIRST ANNIVERSARY OF BAGHDAD BOMBING / UN SECURITY COUNCIL RENEWS IRAQI MISSION FOR ANOTHER YEAR / UNICEF SAYS CHILDREN IN IRAQ REMAIN VULNERABLE / VATICAN OFFERS TO MEDIATE STANDOFF IN AL-NAJAF / NATO MISSION ARRIVES IN IRAQ / MOROCCO DEFEATS IRAQ IN OLYMPIC SOCCER, BUT QUARTERFINAL BERTH ASSURED / UKRAINIAN COURT UPHOLDS IRAQI COURT RULING / THE STANDOFF WITH AL-SADR: MORE OF THE SAME
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