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  From Militant to Moderate
Nasiriya, Duaffar's power base, is located 13 miles east of the ruins of the famed ziggurat of Ur, an ancient civilization that sprang up in the fertile crescent more than 5,000 years ago.
Nasiriya is the traditional site of the Garden of Eden and, according to Genesis, the place from which Abraham's father, Terah, led his tribe into the land of Canaan.
Nasiriya is also where the two major roads between Basra and Baghdad converge, and thus was fiercely defended by Saddam fedayeen when the U.S. military stormed across the Kuwaiti border in March 2003.
www.motherjones.com /news/feature/2004/07/07_405.html   (4077 words)

 CNN.com - U.S. Marines launch dawn attack in Nasiriya - Mar. 29, 2003
Marines near the Iraqi city of Nasiriya have recovered the bodies of some of their comrades who had fallen in battle.
He also said the Marines know that several men in Nasiriya are irregulars, who fire their weapons on coalition forces from the field and then quickly put on civilian clothes and return to town, aware that coalition forces will not fire on civilians.
About 40-50 civilians who have fled Nasiriya said Iraqi paramilitary groups are forcing people to volunteer their sons to fight, according to a Marine officer with the 4th Civil Affairs Group.
www.cnn.com /2003/WORLD/meast/03/29/sprj.irq.marines.nasiriya/index.html   (417 words)

 << CounterCurrents.org >>
Nasiriya - THE LIGHT WAS A strange yellowy grey and the wind was coming up, the beginnings of a sandstorm.
They had rolled towards Nasiriya, a strategic city beside the Euphrates, on a mission to secure a safe supply route for troops on the way to Baghdad.
None of this was foreseen at Camp Shoup, one of the marines' tent encampments in northern Kuwait, where officers from the 1st and 2nd battalion of Task Force Tarawa, the 7,000-strong U.S. Marines brigade, spent long evenings poring over maps and satellite imagery before the invasion.
www.countercurrents.org /iraq-franchetti030403.htm   (2591 words)

 Hospital Fire in Southern Iraq Kills 14
NASIRIYA, Iraq (AP) -- Fire swept through the general hospital in this southern Iraqi city Sunday, killing 14 people and injuring 75, said a spokesman for Italian military forces based in the city.
The blaze at Nasiriya General Hospital was believed to have been caused by an electrical problem, the fire department said.
Most of the injured were taken to a pediatric hospital in Nasiriya.
www.aina.org /news/20050124103350.htm   (140 words)

 Nasiriya - HighBeam Encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
Allied Forces Southern Europe commemorate the Italian victims of the attack in Nasiriya.
S.Korea's Iraq-bound troops to be deployed near Nasiriya.
Chief Emmanual Eveangelista from Port Hueneme, California, treats an injured infant after Iraqi refugees were hit by indirect fire near An Nasiriya, Iraq, on Wednesday, March 26, 2003.
www.encyclopedia.com /doc/1E1-x-nasiriya.html   (198 words)

The Governorate of Nasiriya is experiencing great tension and outrage after the announcement of the news of the assassination of the Martyr religious leader Ayatollah Sayyid Mohammad As Sadr, and large demonstrations took place on the Saturday afternoon, with the demonstrators blaming Saddam's regime with responsibility for the assassination, and attacking the tyrant Saddam personally.
Nasiriya city are surrounded by military forces and was subjected to bombardments with heavy artillery and mortars.
He also instituted the emergency measures imposed on the city of Nasiriya, establishing a curfew, ordering the patrolling, and the distribution of detachments in the main streets and around the popular areas of the city of Nasiriya, and banning the exercise of the Friday prayer in the city of Nasiriya until further notice.
ourworld.compuserve.com /homepages/sciri/news.htm   (6193 words)

 The Real Hero in the Ambush at Nasiriya; An Army report about the attack that made Jessica Lynch famous identifies the ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
Nasiriya, Iraq It is a dateline that doesn't exactly role off the tongue, and chances are the average Joe on the street would be hard-pressed to recall the significance associated with the name.
It was in the town of Nasiriya in April of last year that the 19-year-old Army private first class was credited with carrying out extraordinarily heroic acts during a March 23 attack on her unit, the 507th Maintenance Company.
That Lynch was a hero and then wasn't a hero, or at least not to the extent credited to her by the Washington Post in an April 3 front-page article headlined "She Was Fighting to the Death," is old news.
www.findarticles.com /p/articles/mi_m1571/is_2004_Jan_5/ai_111739573   (894 words)

 Nasiriya, Schema-Root news   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
Nasiriya - A private security guard from Nepal was wounded when gunmen attacked an electricity power unit in Nasiriya, 375 km (235 miles) south of Baghdad...
In Nasiriya, health sector workers held four strikes and a sit-in protest for the same demands put forward by Kerbala's health workers.
In Nasiriya, health sector workers held four strikes and a sit-in protestin one month for the same demands put forward by health workers in Kerbala.
schema-root.org /region/middle_east/iraq/cities/nassiriya   (1038 words)

 N-Philes :: Forums - "University City for Nasiriya"   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
The University of Nasiriya will have a new campus to house its colleges and departments, the university’s vice-chancellor, Abbas Jabiri, said.
The new Nasiriya campus will not house the colleges of medicine and education as these have already moved to their new buildings at different sites.
Nasiriya, 360 kilometers south of Baghdad, is the capital of the province of Dhiqar.
www.n-philes.com /forums/showthread.php?t=25676   (160 words)

NASIRIYA – Three Italians and one Romanian died and another Italian was seriously injured in a bomb attack in Nasiriya at 7.30 am Italian time this morning.
An Italian personnel carrier was hit.The convoy was travelling on a road to the south west of the residential area at Nasiriya, heading for the Provincial Joint Operation Centre (PJOC).
Investigators and intelligence officers are carefully scrutinising the evidence – from the explosion itself to the kind of explosives used – in order to find out who was behind this unusually violent attack for the province of Dhi Qar, which has been quiet in the past few months.
www.corriere.it /english/articoli/2006/04_Aprile/27/Nasiriya.shtml   (536 words)

 ABCNews.com: Firefight in Nasiriya
ABCNEWS' John Berman said a battalion of some 1,000 Marines was engaged in an intense firefight in the southern city of Nasiriya, and helicopters had been called in to evacuate wounded allied soldiers from the battle zone.
Nasiriya is considered a strategic city on the main highway to Baghdad.
One of Saddam's cousins is known to command the Nasiriya area, and is believed to be surrounded by handpicked loyalist troops.
www.freerepublic.com /focus/news/872982/posts   (1041 words)

 Azzaman in English
Nasiriya, home to about 550,000 people, is the provincial capital of Dhi Qar, where the ruins of ancient cities
Most of the newly employed people are given permanent contracts, according to Adhab, who also said the promising employment figures did not include recruits who have opted to join the country’s fledging security forces.
While the situation in the provincial center, Nasiriya, was stable and under control, the officials said they wanted to spread full government control to outlying districts and towns.
www.azzaman.com /english/index.asp?fname=news\2004-11-19\10153.htm   (259 words)

 CNN.com - U.S. Marines make headway in battle for Nasiriya - Mar. 28, 2003
Three Marine infantry battalions occupy the northern and southern sections of the city, located on the Euphrates River northwest of Basra and southeast of Najaf, officials said.
On Thursday night, U.S. forces moved 375 prisoners of war from a former girls' school in Nasiriya to Marine encampments outside the city, he said.
Some 40 to 50 Nasiriya civilians who have fled the city reported that Iraqi paramilitaries are forcing citizens to volunteer their sons to fight, according to a U.S. Marine officer.
www.cnn.com /2003/WORLD/meast/03/28/sprj.irq.nasiriya/index.html   (497 words)

 CNN.com - U.S. seizes Iraqi officers in Nasiriya - Mar. 30, 2003
As dusk settled over Nasiriya, U.S. Marines attacked Iraqi positions on the north side of the strategically important Euphrates River, CNN Correspondent Art Harris reported Sunday.
The Iraqi positions were pounded by cannon fire from Marine light armored vehicles, according to Harris, who is embedded with the 2nd Marines, Task Force Tarawa.
In the wake of an Iraqi suicide attack on a coalition checkpoint in Najaf Saturday morning, Marines in Nasiriya are taking steps to strengthen their security.
cnn.com /2003/WORLD/meast/03/30/sprj.irq.marines.nasiriya/index.html   (590 words)

 Online NewsHour Update: U.S. Marines Push Though Nasiriya, Cross Euphrates River -- March 25, 2003
The Marines in Nasiriya had taken up defensive positions on the low rooftops of the dusty, brick buildings lining the street, looking for snipers and fighters with rocket-propelled grenades and machine guns.
On Sunday, the Marines had said they were in control of two bridges in the city, one over the Euphrates river and one over the Saddam Canal, two miles to the north of it.
Nasiriya, built in a farming region, was the site of a 1915 battle in World War I when British forces took 500 casualties in seizing the town from the Ottoman Turks.
www.pbs.org /newshour/updates/nasiriya_03-25-03.html   (484 words)

 Online NewsHour Update: Battle Rages at Nasiriya River Crossings -- March 24, 2003
He said that a battalion fought small arms fire as they pushed through Nasiriya, while U.S. Marines were dug in with large columns of heavy armor south of the Euphrates.
A CNN reporter embedded with the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force said the U.S. death toll at Nasiriya stood at 10, saying commanders told him it could rise further.
The convoy is currently using a pontoon bridge to cross the Euphrates, flanked by Marines armed with M-16 automatic rifles, the Associated Press reported.
www.pbs.org /newshour/updates/nasiriya_03-24-03.html   (471 words)

 Battle of Nasiriya Continues as Marines Close in on City Center   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
U.S. Marines attacked Nasiriya at daybreak on Saturday in an attempt to dislodge Iraqi forces from the city center.
Coalition convoys moving through the area are still taking fire from Iraqi irregulars, but Marines have occupied the northern and southern edges of the city, which are nearest the roads.
Nasiriya is a city of about 500,000 people.
www.news10.net /storyfull.asp?id=4031   (276 words)

 US Labor Against the War : Jobless Iraqis clash with police
Several hundred protesters gathered on Wednesday in front of the Nasiriya governorate headquarters, demanding that job promises previously made to them by local authorities be kept.
Unemployed youths in Nasiriya had organised several peaceful protests in the past, and had threatened to use violence if their demands were not met.
A protester from Nasiriya said he and his friends were feeling ignored by the government.
www.uslaboragainstwar.org /article.php?id=9978   (456 words)

 A Free-for-All - Newsweek: International Editions - MSNBC.com
The jockeying for power is intense: while much of the focus at the national level is on the resurgent political clout of Iraq's Shiites, the free-for-all in places like Nasiriya provides ample evidence of the dangerous fissures within the Shiite community itself.
The regime responded by draining the marshes, shelling Shiite villages and financially starving Nasiriya, an ancient city of 500,000 straddling the Euphrates 320 kilometers southeast of Baghdad.
Today Nasiriya is a forlorn metropolis of bullet-pocked and burned buildings, pools of stagnant water and dusty streets almost devoid of greenery.
www.msnbc.msn.com /id/4340787   (1356 words)

 BBC NEWS | Middle East | Inside Nasiriya's looted orphanages
All three of the orphanages in Nasiriya were trashed by looters as soon as the fighting stopped.
Soon after Saddam's soldiers perished in their trenches on the outskirts of the city in one of the most blood-thirsty battles of the conflict, the looters moved in and laid the orphanages to waste.
The building itself is a hive of activity as staff and helpers move in new beds and fans.
news.bbc.co.uk /2/hi/middle_east/2962039.stm   (722 words)

 Azzaman in English
The officials say their city has been relatively quiet in comparison to other restive areas in the country which have recently seen an upsurge in violence.
Head of Nasiriya Municipalities Muhsen Haddab said projects worth 3.7 billion dinars are currently under construction and many more will be started soon.
Nasiriya is the base of Italian troops working with US-led multinational forces to stabilize and reconstruct the country.
www.azzaman.com /english/index.asp?fname=news\2004-09-23\10086.htm   (236 words)

 International Medical Corps | Doc Goodman & Team Nasiriya: Another Dusty Day   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
His first priority was delivering badly needed medical supplies to the three main hospitals in Nasiriya: the general; the maternal and child; and the surgical.
But within days, the people of Nasiriya were benefiting from their work: medication was delivered, oxygen was procured locally and the central warehouse was up and running again.
At this point, the doctors and nurses are back at work and rehabilitation of Nasiriya's health care system is underway, but the long term needs remain tremendous.
www.imcworldwide.org /loc_iraq_goodman071003.shtml   (748 words)

 Our Heroes   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
He was Killed along with two Italian soldiers and a Romanian soldier when a roadside bomb exploded near their four-vehicle patrol in Nasiriya, Iraq, on April 27, 2006.
He was Killed when the AB-412 helicopter he was on board was hit by gunfire during a reconnaissance patrol south of Nasiriya, Iraq, on January 21, 2005.
Massimo Ficuciello is 35 years of age and is from Dickinson, N.D. He was Killed when the truck he was in was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade near Ramadi, Iraq on July 22, 2003.
www.hendersonville-pd.org /italy.html   (1252 words)

 Air Force Link - Story Media   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
NASIRIYA, Iraq -- Students from a local school open their backpacks recently donated by 380th Air Expeditionary Wing Airmen.
NASIRIYA, Iraq -- A school girl holds open a backpack recently delivered to her and more than 200 schoolmates by 380th Air Expeditionary Wing Airmen.
NASIRIYA, Iraq -- Children from a local school select their backpacks donated by 380th Air Expeditionary Wing Airmen.
www.af.mil /news/story_media.asp?storyID=123007183   (167 words)

 BBC NEWS | World | Middle East | Under fire in Nasiriya   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
The situation around Nasiriya in southern Iraq seems to be becoming ever more dangerous for US forces.
Last night they experienced a surprise Iraqi rocket attack, hundreds of troops dived for cover as the rockets came in groups of four - approximately 20 Marines were reported to have been injured.
It now seems that the American forces are upping the ante somewhat because Nasiriya has becomes such a thorn in their side.
news.bbc.co.uk /1/hi/world/middle_east/2892467.stm   (326 words)

 Online NewsHour Update: Fierce Fighting, U.S. Casualties Near Southern Town of Nasiriya -- March 23, 2003
As the "steel wave" of armored ground forces moved northwest toward Baghdad, several battles were reported in the ground troops' wake in southern Iraq, leading to what U.S. Central Command called a "tough day of fighting" for coalition forces.
In Sunday's Central Command briefing, U.S. military officials said that the bridges at Nasiriya, considered a key passage for coalition forces as they continue the push toward Baghdad, were under coalition control.
U.S. Central Command said Saturday that Nasiriya had "fallen" to coalition forces during the initial ground advance and that two key bridges were under U.S. control.
www.pbs.org /newshour/updates/nasiriya_update_03-23-03.html   (575 words)

 INDOlink - US News - Fierce Battles On In Najaf, Nasiriya; 4 Civilians Killed   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
American helicopters pounded targets in the Iraqi holy city of Najaf in a second day of fierce fighting there, reportedly firing rockets at a Mazar (cemetery) near the Imam Hazrat Ali’s Shrine in the old city, where militiamen loyal to radical Shia cleric Moqtada Sadr are said to be based.
And at least four civilians had died in the fighting in the southern city of Nasiriya between Italian forces and rebels there.
Meanwhile, Italian forces in the southern city of Nasiriya have been involved in overnight clashes with members of Sadr's Mehdi Army.
www.indolink.com /displayArticleS.php?id=080604022300   (466 words)

 Situation In Southern Iraq
Following the yesterday's Iraqi counter strike near An-Nasiriya the US command was forced to halt the advance of its troops toward An-Najaf and to redirect a portion of available tank forces to cover the flanks of the 3rd Motorized Infantry Division attacked by the Iraqis.
By late evening yesterday constant air strikes and increasing strength of American tank attacks forced the Iraqis to withdraw their troops back to eastern parts of Nasiriya, across the Euphrates river, were they assumed defensive positions along the river bank.
Yesterday's US losses are estimated at 10 destroyed or disabled tanks, several armored personnel carriers and up to 15 troops killed in action.
www.rense.com /general36/sit1.htm   (1350 words)

 US Marines Turn Fire on Civilians at the Bridge of Death
Anger and fear were fueled by rumors that the bodies of American soldiers had been dragged through Nasiriya's streets.
One room had a map of Nasiriya, showing its defenses and two large cardboard arrows indicating the US plan of attack to take the two main bridges.
Two tanks and three AAVs were placed at the north end of the third bridge, their guns pointing down towards Nasiriya, and given orders to shoot at any vehicle that drove towards American positions.
www.commondreams.org /headlines03/0330-11.htm   (4021 words)

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