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40 die as Iraqi forces battle Shiites

DIWANIYAH (AP) — Shiites armed with rocket-propelled grenades and automatic assault rifles battled Iraqi forces for 12 hours Monday, leaving 40 people dead, mostly soldiers, and underlining the Shiite-led government’s difficulties as it tries to rein in the violent sectarian forces of a cleric.

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Tribal leader killed in Baluchistan

Nearly 60 people, including a prominent tribal leader, are thought to have been killed in a battle between government forces and fighters in Baluchistan. Earlier on Saturday an interior ministry official said that 21 members of the security forces and 37 rebel fighters were killed in the fighting, which appeared …

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