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Iraqi Assembly Sends Delegation to Najaf in Bid to End Fighting

Iraqis meeting to pick an interim national assembly agreed today to send a delegation here in an attempt to convince a rebel Shiite cleric, Moktada al-Sadr, to end the fighting with American forces. An aide to the cleric was quoted by news services as welcoming the suggestion.Dozens of explosions echoed here early today as American marines fired artillery shells into the cemetery from their base three miles to the north, pressing on through the night in renewed fighting with rebels loyal to the cleric. Barely a day after truce talks collapsed, two American soldiers were killed here on Sunday, part of a force of Army and Marine units that had pushed into the outer edge of Najaf’s Old City and battled Mr. Sadr’s fighters in the cemetery just north of the shrine of Imam Ali, a mosque revered by Shiite Muslims. Full Story

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