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Iraqi Army Pushes into Baghdad Shiite Stronghold

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Iraqi Army Pushes into Baghdad Shiite Stronghold

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Iraqi Army Pushes into Baghdad Shiite Stronghold

Iraqi Army Pushes into Baghdad Shiite Stronghold

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Iraqi forces launch an offensive in Sadr City in northeast Baghdad, the power base of Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr. It's the latest step by the Iraqi government to assert control over the area.

STEVE INSKEEP, host:

Now, she's in southern Iraq, where Iraqi troops are far more visible than they have been. Let's report now on another part of the country that has been dominated by Shiite Muslim militias. It's Sadr City, a section of Baghdad. It's the power base of the Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, and we're told that Iraqi forces have moved into that area in force today.

U.S. troops are providing logistical support, but we're told they're not directly involved in the operation. We'll bring you more as we learn it.

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