U.S. jets screamed low over central Baghdad Tuesday, helicopter gunships fired into the battle zone and the Iraqi government said 50 insurgents were killed in the nearly daylong battle with U.S. and Iraqi forces along Haifa Street, a Sunni stronghold that has seen repeated heavy fighting throughout the war.
The fighting raged about 2.5 kilometers (1.5 miles) north of Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone — home to the U.S. Embassy and thousands of American troops — on the eve of U.S. President George W. Bush’s expected announcement that he would dispatch 20,000 more troops to Iraq, despite growing opposition on Capitol Hill where opposition Democrats have taken control.
Elsewhere in Iraq on Tuesday, police reported finding 52 bodies dumped in three cities, 41 of them in Baghdad alone.
This a preview of what the Battle of Baghdad is going to be like over the next nine months. That is the Combat Infantry Badge. If you have that, it means that you are a combat experienced "grunt." Your sword wins the day. Everyone else is there to support you. Everyone who has one, wears it. pl