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Sadr's Militia Prepares for Possible U.S. Strikes

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Sadr's Militia Prepares for Possible U.S. Strikes

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Sadr's Militia Prepares for Possible U.S. Strikes

Sadr's Militia Prepares for Possible U.S. Strikes

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The Mahdi Army, the militia loyal to radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, is preparing for war in Sadr City, the vast Baghdad slum.

Announcements on Iraqi TV last night said that the cleric will force every man in Sadr City between 15 and 45 to join his militia.

Sadr supporters believe they will be targeted by U.S. and Iraqi government troops after President Bush unveils his new Iraq strategy Wednesday night. The Mahdi Army is rumored to be distributing grenades to every family in Sadr City, a district already brimming with weapons.