Najaf Impasse Persists Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr remains at an impasse with Iraqi government authorities. U.S. forces surround the Najaf mosque which Sadr's fighters have occupied. Some are hopeful Sadr will leave the shrine of Imam Ali soon, as promised. Hear NPR's Scott Simon and Rajiv Chandrasekaran of The Washington Post.
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Impasse Persists at Najaf Shrine

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Supporters of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr act as human shields at Najaf's Imam Ali shrine. Reuters hide caption

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Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr remains at an impasse with Iraqi government authorities. U.S. forces surround the Najaf mosque which Sadr's fighters have occupied.

Some are hopeful Sadr will leave the shrine of Imam Ali soon, as promised. But an apparent deal struck Friday with interim Prime Minister Allawi has not yet materialized.

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