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U.S. Strikes Target Al-Sadr City

28 September 2004 -- U.S. warplanes bombed parts of Baghdad's Al-Sadr City throughout the night.

Residents told Reuters that U.S. fighter planes targeted the impoverished Shi'ite district and rebel stronghold into the morning, and dozens of tanks were reported to be patrolling the streets.

The U.S. military said it had no immediate information on operations in the area.

Al-Jazeera television said the overnight aerial strikes had caused a power outage throughout the district.

The U.S. military has carried out nearly daily operations in and around Al-Sadr City in recent weeks, battling Shi'ite militants loyal to radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr.


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