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Shiites Try to Save Truce

Sect leaders work to renew faltering cease- fire between Sadr forces and the U.S. around Najaf. Military says cleric broke his word. Shiite leaders made a desperate effort Monday to salvage a truce between U.S. forces and militiamen loyal to radical cleric Muqtada Sadr, even as American military commanders declared that the insurgents had failed to honor the 4-day-old cease-fire. Despite the truce, weekend clashes killed dozens of militiamen and two American gunners, the first U.S. casualties in the area in six weeks. U.S. commanders said Sadr had not kept his promise to withdraw some fighters from Najaf and Kufa and that his militia had taken advantage of the cease-fire to fortify its positions for future battles in the holy cities. Full Story

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