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Today and Yesterday April 14, 2004

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Today:
With 22 foreigners currently held captive and at least 87 U.S. troops killed halfway into April, the unprecedented violence has largely eclipsed the political process. Negotiations were being held on both fronts � at Fallujah in central Iraq and at Najaf in the south � but the U.S. military has warned it will launch new assaults if talks do not bear fruit.

In the south, the country’s top cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Husseini al-Sistani, persuaded radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr to drop defiant negotiating demands � including that U.S. troops withdraw from all Iraqi cities. An Iranian envoy was also getting involved in the mediation with al-Sadr, an aide to the cleric said.

Still, al-Sadr militiamen appeared to be preparing for a fight, moving into buildings and onto rooftops on Najaf’s outskirts, said Col. Dana J.H. Pittard, head of the 2,500 U.S. troops amassed outside the city, ready to move in against al-Sadr.

“Najaf is a holy place,” said Kaysal Hazali, spokesman for al-Sadr. “If they attack it, God knows the results: It is not going to be good for the occupation.”

Yesterday:


Walter Cronkite, center, and his CBS crew cover the battle of Hue City, Vietnam, in 1968.

The Battle for Hue wages for 26 days in early 1968 as US and South Vietnamese forces try to recapture the site seized by the Communists during the Tet Offensive. Previously a religious retreat in the middle of a war zone, Hue was nearly leveled in a battle that left nearly all of its population homeless. Following the US and ARVN victory, mass graves containing the bodies of thousands of people who had been executed during the Communist occupation are discovered.


Aerial photograph of Hue ruins.

Civilian refugees flee across the Perfume River bridge,
which was a short time later destroyed by the Viet Cong.

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