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Mahdi Army Commander: Fighting Is Only Option

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Mahdi Army Commander: Fighting Is Only Option

Iraq

Mahdi Army Commander: Fighting Is Only Option

Mahdi Army Commander: Fighting Is Only Option

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Host Steve Inskeep talks with NPR's Tom Bowman about his interview with a senior Mahdi Army commander from Baghdad's Sadr City. The militia commander talked to Bowman about recent fighting in Sadr City, the group's belief in its right to defend itself, and why the militia refuses to lay down its arms, even though the Iraqi government has ordered it to do so.