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Carnage in Baghdad after US air raid

Issue No. 2074

A deadly attack by US helicopter gunships killed tens of civilians in Baghdad’s Sadr City.

US troops called in airstrikes last Sunday during a botched attempt to seize a local leader of the Mehdi Army, the Shia resistance group led by rebel cleric Moqtada al-Sadr.

According to witnesses, US helicopters swept over the impoverished neighbourhood, firing machine guns and rockets into crowded buildings.

One witness, Jassim Hashim, who was hit in the leg, told a news agency, “The helicopters were shooting randomly.” Some 49 people died, including many children.

The US announced recently that it was fighting a “proxy war” with Iran in the Shia Muslim areas of Iraq, despite a call by al-Sadr for his fighters to observe a ceasefire.

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Tue 23 Oct 2007, 18:36 BST
Issue No. 2074
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