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Politics Complicate U.S. Mission in Najaf

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Politics Complicate U.S. Mission in Najaf

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Politics Complicate U.S. Mission in Najaf

Politics Complicate U.S. Mission in Najaf

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An Iraqi soldier keeps watch near Najaf's Imam Ali shrine, Aug. 24, 2004. Reuters hide caption

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U.S. forces are battling Shiite militia in Najaf, but the Iraqi interim government is increasingly calling the shots. Politics further complicate a U.S. mission already delicate due to its proximity to a holy shrine. Hear NPR's Steve Inskeep and Karl Vick of The Washington Post.

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