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Muqtada Al-Sadr Said Wounded in Najaf

Radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr was hit by shrapnel in his chest and a leg Friday as he met with members of his militia during clashes between U.S. and Iraqi forces in Najaf, his aides said. A spokesman described his condition as stable. Al-Sadr has led an uprising against coalition troops for more than a week in the holy city, vowing to fight “until the last drop of my blood has been spilled.” Aide Haider al-Tousi said al-Sadr was hit by shrapnel in the chest and twice in a leg as he met with members of his Mahdi Army militia near the Imam Ali shrine on Friday morning. “He was moved to an unknown destination, we don’t know his whereabouts right now,” he said. Another of his spokespeople described al-Sadr’s condition as stable. Ahmed al-Shaibany, another aide, said earlier that al-Sadr was wounded in three places in shelling, but didn’t say if the wounds were serious. Interior Ministry spokesman Col. Adnan Abdulrahman said he had received reports al-Sadr was wounded in his chest and leg. Full Story

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