Mil News US battles militia in two cities

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There has been an upsurge in fighting between US-led coalition forces and Shia militia in the Iraqi holy city of Najaf and nearby Kufa.
The US military said 32 fighters loyal to radical Shia cleric Moqtada Sadr were killed in a battle in the compound of a Kufa mosque on Saturday night.

Residents say US aircraft and artillery pounded the area before troops, backed by tanks, moved in.

In Najaf, there was heavy shelling around the vast, ancient cemetery.

Officials at a hospital in the city said 14 Iraqis were killed in the attack.

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