U.S. widens bombing in Basra

March 29, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
British officials say U.S. jets have widened the bombing of Basra, dropping two precision-guided bombs on a suspected militia stronghold north of the city. A British military spokesman says his understanding was that the building was occupied by people shooting at Iraqi ground forces. However, he says the number of people killed in the latest strike isn't yet known.

Earlier Saturday, Iraqi police say a U.S. warplane hit a house and killed eight civilians. The U.S. military has made no comment on the report and it has not been possible to independently verify it.

The British military -- which the BBC reports has joined the fighting in Basra -- says it is also looking into the reports of civilian casualties.

American forces launched their first airstrikes in Basra yesterday as Iraqi troops continued to struggle against strong resistance from militant followers of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr.


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