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Iraq Deploys Guardsmen Outside Mosque in Najaf

The U.S.-backed Iraqi interim government sent its national guard troops into the streets outside one of Islam’s most sacred sites for the first time Tuesday and threatened to kill or imprison the cleric whose militant followers are holding the shrine. The moves came as a chaotic all-night battle for control of a parking garage and other buildings west of the Imam Ali shrine left 13 U.S. Marines wounded and at least five Al Mahdi militiamen dead, U.S. officials said.Full Story

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