Coalition jets drop bombs in Basra, the first airstrike since clashes erupted

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

A British military official says coalition jets have dropped bombs on Basra for the first time since clashes erupted this week between Shiite militias and government security forces.

The official says Iraqi security forces asked for airstrikes on at least two locations. There's no word on casualties or the nature of the targets.

Coalition jets have been patrolling the skies over Basra for the past three days. Iraqis have been in control of security there since the British withdrew last December.

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