U.S. tanks pounded insurgent positions in eastern &to=http:// english.pravda.ru/printed.html?news_id=13145 ' target=_blank>Fallujah Sunday morning following airstrikes on a northern neighborhood where the military said "terrorists" were operating a checkpoint.
Insurgents launched rocket-propelled grenades, mortar rounds and heavy machine gun fire in the exchange with U.S. forces Sunday in the eastern districts of Hey al-Askari and Hey al-Sina'i.
The military has been waging a campaign to weed out &to=http:// english.pravda.ru/accidents/ 21/93/374/14387_militants.html ' target=_blank>militants associated with terrorist mastermind Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, who is believed to be behind numerous attacks -- including beheadings -- against Iraqis, Americans and others, reports CNN.
According to the Boston Globe, plumes of smoke were seen rising from the eastern neighborhood of Askari and southern area of Shuhada as families began to flee the area, residents reported. They said a Humvee was seen burning in the eastern edge of the city.
The Sunday attacks followed an overnight strike by U.S. jets, blasting what the American command said was a checkpoint operated by the feared Tawhid and &to=http:// english.pravda.ru/hotspots/2001/09/19/15625.html ' target=_blank>Jihad terror movement of Jordanian-born extremist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. Three people were killed, according to the Fallujah hospital.
On Saturday, five churches in Baghdad were firebombed, causing no casualties but putting the Christian community on edge as violence flared while Iraqi Muslims began marking the holy month of Ramadan.