BAGHDAD, Iraq - At least 20 American service members were killed in military operations Saturday in the deadliest day for U.S. forces in two years, including 13 who died in a helicopter crash and five slain in an attack by militia fighters in the holy city of Karbala, military officials said.Update: I guess I should know better than to post the number of deaths before the day is over. Now the number is up to 24.
The killing of US troops in Shiite Najaf and Karbala has been a rare event since hostilities ending in late August 2004 between the American military and the Mahdi Army of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr. The resurgence of lethal hostility in this Shiite area almost certainly has to do with the ongoing US crackdown on the Sadr Movement.Update ... more: When can I actually update the number and have it stand? It's now at 25.
I'm a very lucky person with every allergy known to man but still happy to be enjoying a wonderful life living in the best place in the world!