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Hundreds Call on Sadr Militia to Quit Iraq's Najaf

Hundreds of people marched in Najaf on Tuesday calling on rebel Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr to pull his militia out of the Iraqi holy city. Witnesses said they marched to the central shrine area of the city before dispersing peacefully. Some Sadr gunmen fired in the air toward the end of the march, but most marchers had dispersed by then. The demonstration, organized by Sadr’s political foes, followed a smaller one on Monday and reflected increasing pressure from Shi’ite elders on Sadr to move his men out of the city as U.S.-led forces tighten their noose around it. U.S. forces have surrounded the city as part of a campaign to crush Sadr’s fighters and end a month-long uprising that erupted in Baghdad and cities across the Shi’ite south.Full Story

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