Headlines Fierce Clashes in Iraq Kill 36 People, 203 Hurt


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BAGHDAD, Iraq - U.S. forces battled insurgents loyal to Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr in the Baghdad slum of Sadr City on Tuesday, in clashes that killed 34 people, including one American soldier, and wounded 193, U.S. and Iraqi authorities said.

U.S. tanks moved into the neighborhood and armored personnel carriers and Bradley fighting vehicles were deployed at key intersections. Ambulances with sirens wailing rushed the wounded to hospitals as plumes of black smoke rose over the mainly Shiite neighborhood.

Warplanes flew over the sprawling neighborhood of more than 2 million, firing flares to avoid being hit by anti-aircraft missiles.

Four other soldiers were killed in separate incidents in and around Baghdad, including two members of the 13 Corps Support Command.

In the past two days, 12 Americans have been killed, bringing to 995 the number of U.S. service members who have died since the beginning of military operations in Iraq (news - web sites) in March 2003, according to a count by The Associated Press based on Defense Department reports.

Here's a big FU to all the heartless, mindless fuckers who support this war...