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Iraqi Police Abandon Duties in Najaf, Putting Cease-Fire in Doubt

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Iraqi Police Abandon Duties in Najaf, Putting Cease-Fire in Doubt

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Iraqi Police Abandon Duties in Najaf, Putting Cease-Fire in Doubt

Iraqi Police Abandon Duties in Najaf, Putting Cease-Fire in Doubt

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Some 100 Iraqi policemen, brought in from Baghdad to secure order in the holy city of Najaf, have walked off the job, citing failed promises of hazard pay. The move brings into question how long a cease-fire will hold between U.S. forces and militia loyal to Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr in the holy city. NPR's Eric Westervelt reports.