Iraqi troops in fierce battle in Basra
Jan 18,2008 00:00 by UPI
BASRA, Iraq -- Gunmen and Iraqi troops engaged in a fierce battle in the predominately Shiite town of Basra in southern Iraq.

The official Kuwaiti news agency said Friday there is an unknown number of casualties, including civilians.

KUNA said the battle was ongoing as of midday Friday and reported witness accounts of damage to civilian and government vehicles.

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