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Tuesday, August 10, 2004

IHT: U.S. forces urge civilians to leave Najaf

IHT: U.S. forces urge civilians to leave Najaf: "U.S. forces urge civilians to leave Najaf
Tuesday, August 10, 2004

NAJAF, Iraq American forces urged civilians to evacuate the combat zone in Najaf on Tuesday, the sixth day of clashes with Shiite militias that have restricted output from southern Iraqi oil fields and sent world oil prices soaring.

U.S. troops in Humvees drove through the center of the Shiite city, using loudspeakers to call on civilians to evacuate the zone immediately.

Residents said it was the first time U.S. troops had called for a mass evacuation, adding that they feared a massive attack on the Mahdi Army of the radical cleric Moktada al-Sadr in the city's cemetery, and on the shrine of Imam Ali, one of Shiite Islam's holiest sites."

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