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Radical Iraqi Cleric Calls for Calm After Bombings Hit Shii'te Community


Iraqi radical Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr has called for calm and says he will not order his militia to strike back at Sunni al-Qaida militants suspected in several deadly bombings in his stronghold on Sunday.

Speaking Monday at a news conference, al-Sadr said retaliation against Sunni radicals would drag Iraq into civil war.

At least 46 people were killed and 200 wounded in Baghdad's Sadr City district on Sunday when several car bombs exploded in rapid succession.

The attacks raised fears of Shi'ite reprisals just weeks after the bombing of a major Shi'ite shrine sparked days of deadly violence between Iraq's Shi'ites and Sunnis.

Meanwhile, the U.S. military says a soldier was killed today in eastern Baghdad. A separate statement said a Marine wounded Sunday in combat operations in Al-Anbar province has also died.

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