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Iraq’s govt envoy meets tribal leaders in tense Amara

An envoy of Iraq’s prime minister on Saturday met tribal leaders in the southern town of Amara in efforts to ease the tension after fierce battles between militia gunmen and police. National Security Minister Shirwan al-Waeli, sent to Amara on Friday by prime minister Nuri al-Maliki to restore order, said the clashes, which left at least 25 dead in two days, had been fuelled by tribal divisions. The fighting between the police and the Mehdi Army, loyal to the fiery Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, started after the assassination of the head of police intelligence in the town. Full Story

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