U.S., Iraqi troops kill 30 militants in battle

By Imad al-Khozaie

DIWANIYA, Iraq (Reuters) - U.S. and Iraqi troops killed 30 Shi'ite militiamen in fierce street battles in the southern city of Diwaniya on Sunday, the U.S. military said.

People were ordered to stay indoors during the day after explosions and the rattle of machinegun fire shook the city's central districts for more than five hours overnight.

The military said an M1A2 Abrams tank was severely damaged in the clashes that erupted after militants opened fire with machineguns and rocket-propelled grenades on U.S. and Iraqi forces trying to arrest a "high-value" target.

The fighting underlined the chronic insecurity gripping Iraq, where an estimated 100 people die violently every day.

Police reported 28 deaths elsewhere in Iraq, including the discovery in Baghdad of the bullet-riddled body of Colonel Thamir Selman, a senior Interior Ministry official.

The U.S. military said three marines had been killed on Friday in western Iraq, and two soldiers were killed on Saturday, bringing to 29 the number killed in the past eight days. U.S. forces typically suffer two to three deaths a day on average
Like 30 is going to make any difference.

One of Murphy's laws of combat states

Body count math is : two guerillas + one probable + two camels= 37 enemy killed in action.

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