U.S. armored vehicles fought in Sadr City against the Shiite Mahdi Army yesterday, as clashes spread to other neighborhoods in the capital, which came under a nighttime curfew. Iraqi security forces battled Shiite militias in Basra, where the death toll from fighting this week stood at 400, according to an adviser to Iraq security forces.
U.S. Airpower Joins Basra Offensive Article | BAGHDAD, March 29 -- American aircraft struck militia targets in Basra on Friday, the first time that airpower has been called in to aid a faltering ground offensive there against armed groups that operate outside government control.
Despite the Fighting in Basra, Bush Emphasizes Progress Article | DAYTON, Ohio, March 27 -- The images from Baghdad and Basra bristled with explosions, burning buildings, angry street protests, rocket smoke wafting from the Green Zone. The words from Dayton were "remarkable" and "victory" and "rebirth."