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Militia attacks British troops in Basra

Militia fighters believed to be from Shiite cleric Muqtada Sadr’s Al Mahdi army pounded British bases in the southern port city of Basra today, a day after a militia leader was killed and Sadr reappeared in Iraq after a long absence. The Al Mahdi militia lobbed 50 mortars at the British-Iraqi joint command center in central Basra before dawn, said an Iraqi police officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity. The bombardment lasted 2 1/2 hours and the British retaliated with air strikes against suspected militia positions. British military officials confirmed accounts of the fighting. “It is believed that a number of militia were killed in the attack,” the British military said in a statement. Full Story

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