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May 5, 2002 | MICHAEL HARRIS, Michael Harris is a regular contributor to Book Review.
"Billy Port's ride" to rescue U.S. Marines stranded in China in World War II is a legend, James Brady says, told and retold whenever old "Chinaside" veterans gather. But official documentation is scarce, leaving Brady ample room to embroider the legend in his novel, "Warning of War." Days before Pearl Harbor, Brady says, a warning that war might soon break out with Japan was sent to U.S.
The bloody tableau facing San Diego County Sheriff's Deputy Howard Kluge was the stuff of nightmares. The bodies of children lay strewn like discarded toys. Their moans filled the air--cries of pain, pleas for help. Kluge's conscience tugged hard, but he had no choice. He couldn't help. Not yet. Not until he got to the gunman who caused the mayhem. So he ignored the cries. "It was the most helpless feeling in my life," he said.
August 12, 2004 | Edmund Sanders, Times Staff Writer
Nearly 5,000 U.S. and Iraqi troops mobilized Wednesday around Iraq's holiest city for a possible attack to oust radical Shiite Muslim cleric Muqtada Sadr and his Al Mahdi militia, who are holed up inside the gold-domed Imam Ali shrine compound in Najaf. Military officials at a U.S.
August 19, 2004 | Edmund Sanders, Times Staff Writer
If the time ever comes to oust Shiite cleric Muqtada Sadr from the gold-domed Imam Ali Mosque, Lt. Hassan will be riding the first wave of the assault. A bald, 34-year-old Iraqi living at a barren U.S. military camp north of Najaf, Hassan is part of an elite, U.S.-trained military unit -- modeled on the Army's Special Forces -- that arrived here a week ago to help put an Iraqi face on efforts to quash Sadr's militia. Hassan is also a Shiite Muslim.
August 16, 2004 | Edmund Sanders, Times Staff Writer
A day after peace talks collapsed, U.S. troops and the militia led by Shiite Muslim cleric Muqtada Sadr resumed fighting Sunday, leaving two American soldiers dead and a wall near the sacred Imam Ali shrine damaged. Fighting in the vast cemetery and in the Old City picked up roughly where it had left off when a cease-fire was declared Friday. U.S. troops moved to tighten a cordon they had set up last week to rein in Sadr's militia. "The Iraqi government has asked us to squeeze them," said Maj.
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