US forces fight Iranian-backed militias in southern Iraq. Or, as the Pentagon put it:

“During the close air support, at least 20 terrorists were killed and six suspected terrorists were assessed to be wounded by the strafing,” the military said. “A vehicle being used by the terrorists as a fighting position was also destroyed by the close air support.”

This is a somewhat delicate issue to raise, but the war in Iraq seems to have spawned a wholly abusive use of the term “terrorist.” The battle came about because “Coalition aircraft were called in to strafe fighters who attacked Coalition troops in Amarah and Majjar al-Kabir, two Shiite cities in the Mayson province bordering Iran, the military said.” Surely, though, people who use force against soldiers are paradigmatic examples of people who aren’t terrorists — with terrorism being defined by the use of force against civilians.