The month of April saw a US military death toll of 49 in Iraq. Intense fighting against the militias of Baghdad's Sadr City was the "main reason," NBC's Richard Engel told us. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki vowed "no compromise and no negotiations" with the militias: "Weapons must only be in the government's hands," Engel quoted him. Engel reported that the decision to take on the militias is "quite popular" in Baghdad, this despite an Iraqi death toll for April of 900, with a further 2,000 injured. Engel did not divide those totals between guerrillas and civilians, although he did illustrate those numbers with footage of a funeral of a two-year-old boy, killed in the rubble when his home was destroyed.
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