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U.S. Inflicts Heavy Losses on Iraqi Shi'ite Militia

U.S. forces killed dozens of Iraqi fighters near Najaf overnight, hours after Washington issued an ultimatum to a radical cleric to clear his militia from mosques in the holy city. Local television in Najaf said wounded people were dying for lack of blood supplies and issued an urgent appeal for donors. The clashes were the deadliest since Moqtada al-Sadr and his Mehdi Army militia launched a brief revolt against the U.S.-led occupation three weeks ago. They may mark a new phase in American efforts to dislodge him from Najaf, where he has taken refuge among some of the holiest shrines of Shi’ite Islam. Full Story

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