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Clashes Follow Sunni Leader's Arrest In Iraq

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Clashes Follow Sunni Leader's Arrest In Iraq

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Clashes Follow Sunni Leader's Arrest In Iraq

Clashes Follow Sunni Leader's Arrest In Iraq

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Baghdad was tense Sunday morning after clashes broke out between a U.S.-backed Sunni paramilitary group called the Sons of Iraq and Iraqi and American soldiers.

The fighting took place in Baghdad's Fadhil neighborhood, after security forces arrested the leader of Awakening, the Sunni neighborhood watch group. The program was designed to turn insurgents into security forces.

Three civilians have been killed in the fighting so far, and the Sunni Arab fighters have taken five Iraqi soldiers hostage.

Host Liane Hansen speaks with NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro about the latest developments.

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