Saturday, January 19, 2008

Meanwhile in Iraq-

Shi'ite fighters attack soldiers (REUTERS)

Jan 19 - Dozens killed as Iraqi soldiers and police fight running battles with gunmen from a Shi'ite cult in southern Iraqi cities.

Police said the head of the so-called "Soldiers of Heaven" cult in Basra had been killed in the fighting, which is reminiscent of clashes between the obscure group and Iraqi and U.S. forces a year ago.

Those battles near the holy Shi'ite city of Najaf left hundreds dead, mainly members of the cult. Penny Tweedie reports.

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