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Reports Conflict on Who Controls Najaf Shrine

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Reports Conflict on Who Controls Najaf Shrine

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Reports Conflict on Who Controls Najaf Shrine

Reports Conflict on Who Controls Najaf Shrine

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A supporter of radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr stands watch inside Najaf's Imam Ali shrine, Aug. 19, 2004. Reuters hide caption

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Some reports suggest Iraqi police now control the shrine of the Imam Ali in Najaf, but others say it's still in the hands of radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr's militia. Dozens have died in fighting around the mosque in the last 24 hours. Hear NPR's Ivan Watson.

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