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Shiite Cleric's Militia Seizes Control of Baghdad Slum

Gunmen and commanders loyal to radical Shiite Muslim cleric Moqtada Sadr took over the giant Sadr City slum in Baghdad on Sunday, seizing control of police forces, municipal administration and schools and blocking freedom of movement in an area just five miles east of U.S. administration headquarters. Teenagers wielding rocket-propelled grenade launchers commanded entrances to the slum, home to about a third of Baghdad’s 5 million residents. The youths waved commands to visitors with one hand and slung rifles around with the other. With the quick takeover, which was completed at dawn, Sadr City joined two southern towns, Najaf and Kufa, now under the control of Sadr’s militia. Full Story

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