The following news report appeared on Sky News website, we cannot independently verify it, but publish it as is. Earlier this writer spoke to Sky News but was unable to obtain any further information on this particular story. Ed.
A Pentagon source has said up to 130 US troops have been killed in fierce fighting in Iraq.
The large scale battle, described as “intense”, has taken place in the town of Ar Ramadi, 20 miles west of Fallujah.
Sky News’ David Chater said: “None of this is official yet – none of it is confirmed.”
But he added: “It sounds very much like this is being carried out by men who are militarily trained.”
Chater described the attack as “highly sophisticated”.
It should be noted that 12 US marines were reported killed in the same location, Ar Ramadi, on the previous day: making it just possible that Sky News had confused the figures. However, whatever the casualties, occupation authorities are likely to play down the numbers and deliberately confuse the picture. Or in the words of a US Special Forces officer who spoke to reporter Robert Fisk a few days ago: “Things are getting very bad and they are going to get worse, But no one is saying that – either because they don’t know or because they don’t want you to know.”