Scores killed in US Iraq raid in ‘Sadr City’

Click here: Aljazeera.net – Scores killed in US Iraq raid

US forces in Iraq say they have killed 49 “criminals” during a raid in Sadr City, but Iraqi witnesses said many of the dead were actually civilians and children.

…The US military said “an estimated 49 criminals” were killed in three separate engagements during a raid targeting a suspected rogue Shia militia leader specialising in kidnapping operations for which he sought funding from Iran….Iraqi police and hospital officials reported only 15 deaths in the Sunday morning attack, including a woman and three children.

…The US military said it was not aware of any civilian casualties and was “targeting criminals believed to be responsible for the kidnapping of coalition soldiers in November 2006 and May 2007”. US troops returned fire after coming under sustained attack from automatic weapons and rocket-propelled grenades from nearby buildings as they began to raid a series of buildings in the district, according to a statement.

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