Battle of Diwaniya

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Battle of Diwaniya
Part of the Post-invasion Iraq
Date August 28, 2006
Location Diwaniya, Iraq
Result Ceasefire
Belligerents
 Iraq Mahdi Army
Casualties and losses
23 killed 20 killed
10 captured
7 civilians killed

The Battle of Diwaniya took place in Diwaniyah, 180 kilometers south of Baghdad, on August 28, 2006 between the Mahdi Army and the Iraqi Army.

The fighting erupted after coalition troops arrested a Sadr militia leader. The militia engaged in heavy street fighting with Iraqi soldiers which lasted late into the night. Militia fighters were entrenched in residential areas during the fighting. The Iraqi Army claims that most of its casualties occurred when Mahdi militiamen captured and executed a group of soldiers who had run out of ammunition.[1] By next morning a ceasefire was in place with 23 Iraqi soldiers, 20 militiamen and 7 civilians killed.

About a month and a half later on October 9, 2006 another battle broke out in the city, this time between the militia and the U.S. Army. Thirty militiamen were killed and a U.S. military tank was severely damaged.[1]

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