Iraq Cracks Down as Shiite Uprising Battles On

Supporters of radical Iraqi Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr march in Basra, August 9, 2004.

hide captionSupporters of radical Iraqi Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr march in the streets of the southern city of Basra, August 9, 2004.


Fighting in Iraq's holiest city enters its fifth day as U.S. Marines battle a new Shiite uprising in Najaf. Iraq's government takes the offensive with new orders that offer amnesty for insurgents who've committed minor offenses, but the death penalty is reinstated for those convicted of attacking security and government members. NPR's Renee Montagne talks with NPR interpreter Ali Fadil.



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