U.S., Iraqi Forces Launch Major Najaf Assault

A video image shows U.S.-led forces on patrol in Najaf, Aug. 12, 2004.

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Fighting intensifies in Najaf, as U.S. and Iraqi forces begin a major offensive to crush a weeklong insurgency by militia loyal to radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr. U.S. forces began the pre-dawn assault by cordoning off Najaf's cemetery and shrine of Imam Ali. Hear NPR's Steve Inskeep and NPR's Ivan Watson.

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