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The New York Times > International > Middle East > U.S. Forces Clash With Rebel Cleric's Militia in Najaf

The New York Times > International > Middle East > U.S. Forces Clash With Rebel Cleric's Militia in Najaf: "August 5, 2004
U.S. Forces Clash With Rebel Cleric's Militia in Najaf
By ALEX BERENSON

BAGHDAD, Iraq, Aug. 5 � The radical Shiite cleric Moktada al-Sadr called for a national uprising against American and coalition forces today as a two-month truce between Mr. Sadr and the United States military appeared to collapse.
As night fell, heavy fighting appeared to be confined mainly around Najaf, a Shiite holy city and Sadr stronghold 100 miles south of Baghdad. In Baghdad and Basra, the largest city in southern Iraq, insurgents loyal to Mr. Sadr prepared for clashes with American and British troops. But fighting was sporadic and Baghdad was mostly quiet until 11:15 p.m., when three large explosions, probably from mortars, rocked the city's center."

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