Iraqi girls play outside their damaged home in a ghetto near Najaf's front line, Aug. 22, 2004.
Fighting between followers of Muqtada al-Sadr and U.S. forces left much of Najaf heavily damaged. Sadr described the fighting as a struggle to defend the holy city. But in Najaf, a backlash is growing against the young cleric and his violent tactics. NPR's Peter Kenyon reports.