Saturday, April 07, 2007

U.S. calls in airstrikes in Diwaniya on second day of Operation Black Eagle

Above: U.S. armored vehicles in Diwaniya yesterday. Iraqi police told The Associated Press that at least one civilian was killed and five seriously injured when a U.S. tank fired on a house. The U.S. military had no immediate comment on any civilian casualties. Left: Colored box shows Al Qadisiyah province. Diwaniya is the capital city of Al Qadisiyah. In 2002, its population was estimated at 420,000. The town is located on the main rail transport corridor between Baghdad and Basra.

BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- U.S. warplanes struck suspected insurgents armed with rocket-propelled grenades in the southern Iraqi city of Diwaniya on Saturday, the U.S. military said.

Residents in the predominantly Shiite city used a hotline to tip off authorities that insurgents carrying grenade launchers were in the area, the military said. Iraqi soldiers then took action.

"The troops made positive identification of the militiamen and called for the airstrike," a military statement said.

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