The Battle of Najaf


We should know in a few days how the most important engagement since the initial "thunder runs" through Baghdad pans out. Right now the Marines have won control of the massive cemetery and Fox News reports some 1,000 militants are hold up in the Imam Ali Mosque.

All along the goal of Moqtada al-Sadr has been to get U.S. troops to attack the holy mosque, but U.S. commanders say only Iraqi troops will draw that duty.

Will they be up to the task?