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Militia scarce on Najaf streets as Sadr aides talk of new tactics

The gangs of Kalashnikov-wielding Shiite militiamen usually seen patrolling around the Imam Ali shrine were scarce on the streets of Najaf, although commanders insisted it was merely a change of tactics. Al-Sadeq Street, just outside the shrine, had been teeming with turbaned gunmen over the past 20 days of intense fighting with US troops. But on Monday the road was virtually deserted with only small groups of fighters huddled in a few corners. Some of the fighters were even unarmed and sitting together by the roadside. Full Story

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