Politics Complicate U.S. Mission in Najaf

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

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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