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Mar 25, 2008 | 10:03 GMT

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Iraq: Mehdi Army Commanders On High Alert

Iraqi Shiite leader Muqtada al-Sadr's headquarters in An Najaf placed Mehdi Army field commanders on high alert March 25 after Iraqi security forces launched an operation in Basra to contain the ongoing violence between rival militias, The Associated Press reported. The commanders were ordered "to strike the occupiers" and their Iraqi allies, an anonymous militia officer said. The security forces reportedly encountered stiff resistance from Mehdi Army gunmen.

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