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Outlaw Militia Plays Role of Ad Hoc Police Force

The Mahdi Army, a militia loyal to the radical Shiite cleric Moktada al-Sadr, is one of the biggest thorns for Americans in Iraq, periodically erupting in violent challenges to the American-backed interim government. But even when truces are declared, the militia is at hard at work on the streets of Sadr City, a slum neighborhood here in the capital. Full Story

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