- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 12, 2004

BAGHDAD (AP) — Strong explosions shook central Baghdad early today, and fighting erupted on a major street in the heart of the city near the U.S.-guarded Green Zone.

Rocket and mortar barrages began about 5:30 a.m. local time and were continuing into the morning. Several rounds landed in the Green Zone, raising clouds of black smoke and triggering warning sirens.

The rattle of heavy machine-gunfire echoed through Haifa Street, located on the western side of the Tigris River near the Green Zone and a “no-go” area for international forces.

Three Bradley fighting vehicles could be seen moving toward the battle area, and a military vehicle was seen burning in the middle of the street.

U.S. soldiers could be seen taking up positions behind walls and trees along Haifa Street.

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