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Iraqi security forces clash with militants

Iraqi security forces were fighting a group of Sunni insurgents holed up in orchards in the Shi’ite holy city of Najaf on Sunday, the provincial governor said, but details of the incident were sketchy. Police in Najaf, seat of Iraq’s most powerful Shi’ite clerics, and the U.S. military did not confirm any clashes. Governor Asaad Abu Gilel told Reuters the authorities had uncovered a plot by the fighters to kill some of the clerics on Monday, the climax of the Shi’ite mourning ritual of Ashura, a highpoint of the Shi’ite religious calendar. Full Story

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