American War Dead Exceeds 600
The number of American soldiers who have died in Iraq reached 600 on Sunday. One of the bloodiest gun battles, in Najaf, south of Baghdad, lasted three hours. The battle was part of a "coordinated Shiite militia uprising against the American-led occupation," a significant change from previous attacks "by fighters drawn from Iraq's Sunni Muslim minority rather than majority Shi'ites."
Correction: The number of American service members killed in Iraq is said to be at least 610.
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