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Top Shiite clerics oppose armed resistance to US-led forces in Iraq

Shiite Islam’s top clerics reaffirmed their opposition to armed resistance to the US troop presence in Iraq as life spluttered back to normal in Najaf after weeks of devastating combat, while two missing Frenchmen were identified as kidnapped journalists. Although the US military said attacks were down since peace returned to the Shiite holy city two days ago, at least 13 Iraqis, six of them policemen, were killed in 24 hours of violence in the Sunni belt north and west of Baghdad. Gunmen hanging out of minibuses shot dead six policemen, wounded another nine and injured two civilians at a checkpoint in Baquba, medics said. Another person was killed in a mortar blast in the oil refinery town of Beiji, also north of Baghdad, the military said. Full Story

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