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Fighting in Najaf May Soon Come to Head

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Fighting in Najaf May Soon Come to Head

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Fighting in Najaf May Soon Come to Head

Fighting in Najaf May Soon Come to Head

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In Najaf, U.S. troops and their Iraqi allies appear headed for a major showdown with militiamen loyal to radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr. The forces are closing in on Sadr's fighters, who are in the Iman Ali shrine, one of the holiest sites in Shiite Islam. NPR's Ivan Watson reports.