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Eight U.S. Troops Killed in Shiite Uprising

An armed Shiite revolt against the U.S.-led occupation erupted Sunday in Baghdad and other cities across Iraq’s normally quiescent south. Nine soldiers, eight of them Americans, were killed, and three dozen were wounded, U.S. officials said. The day’s events constituted the most serious challenge yet to the U.S.-led occupation by an element of the country’s majority Shiite population, which for most of a year has observed a broad tolerance of the United States and its allies. The fighting pitted forces led by the United States, Britain and Spain against the Mahdi Army, a militia controlled by Moqtada Sadr, a junior cleric whose following is concentrated among the urban poor. At least 20 Iraqi demonstrators were also killed. Full Story

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