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US Military: 35 Iraqi Militiamen Killed in Baghdad Clashes - 2004-05-11


A U.S. military spokesman says 35 Iraqi militiamen loyal to radical Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr have been killed in clashes in Baghdad.

Army Brigadier General Mark Kimmitt said today (Monday) the militiamen were killed in multiple engagements in the Iraqi capital since late Sunday.

In the Sadr City district of Baghdad today, witnesses say U.S. aircraft bombed an office of Moqtada al-Sadr, who has taken refuge in the southern holy city of Najaf. The Associated Press quotes an aide to the cleric as saying two people were killed and six wounded.

West of Baghdad, A U.S. Marine convoy -- accompanied by Iraqi security forces -- entered the center of Fallujah for the first time in weeks, in a test of a shaky truce in the Sunni-controlled city. There were no reports of confrontations with insurgents.

Also, on Monday, one U.S. soldier was confirmed killed in the northern city of Mosul. The French News Agency quotes a U.S. military official as saying the soldier was killed by a sniper, while on patrol.

North of Baghdad, reports say the governor of Delay province escaped assassination Monday near the city of Baqubah, but two of his bodyguards were killed.

Information for this report is provided by Reuters and AFP.

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