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The Battle of Al Kut was a coordinated Iraqi uprising, launched near the beginning of the Iraq War by Iraqi Shi'ite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr.

Battle of Al Kut
Part of Iraq War
Coalition forces in Iraq (2004-04-30).jpg
Areas of Responsibility in Iraq as of 30 April 2004
Date5–7 April 2004
Flag of the United States.svg United States
Flag of Ukraine.svg Ukraine
Mahdi Army
Commanders and leaders
Flag of Ukraine.svg Sergiy Ostrovsky Muqtada al-Sadr
6th Separate Mechanised Brigade SSI.svg 6th Mechanized Brigade Unknown
Casualties and losses
Killed: 1
Wounded: 6
Killed: 180-200

In April 2004, followers of Iraqi Shi'ite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr launched a well-coordinated uprising across southern Iraq. While Western media focused on events in Sadr City, Najaf, and Karbala, violence occurred elsewhere as well. A Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) source forwarded the following after-action report regarding violence in the town of Al-Kut, the capital of the Wassit Governorate and home to the Ukrainian contingentAfter withdrawal of Ukrainian forces and contractors, the CPA Compound was recaptured and secured by 2/6 Inf. The unit had clashed with Sadr's Army in Najaf days before and convoyed over 200 km to retake the city from the insurgents.

The unclassified report, written by a coalition security contractor, highlights dysfunction between regional coalition offices and the Coalition Provisional Authority headquarters in Baghdad, as well as tension between diplomats and security officers. The summary faulted a British diplomat who had "toned down" reports of Islamist activity so as not to alarm superiors in Baghdad. The report gave a minute-by-minute update of the battle.[1]

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  1. ^ "Al-Kut, Iraq: After-Battle Report :: Middle East Quarterly". Retrieved 17 August 2011.