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U.S. Seeks Arrest of Shiite Cleric

American officials on Monday stepped up their confrontation with Moktada al-Sadr, the militant Shiite cleric whose followers started an uprising in at least six Iraqi cities over the weekend, confirming that they had issued an arrest warrant for him but declining to say when they would execute it. On Monday evening, American troops appeared to be moving into the area around Kufa, where Mr. Sadr’s followers have seized control and the cleric has taken refuge in a heavily guarded mosque. Mr. Sadr shot back a defiant message, saying he would “welcome” a showdown with the American forces he has pledged to drive out of Iraq. Full Story

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