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Mar 25, 2008 | 12:57 GMT

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Iraq: Mehdi Army Takes Control Of 5 Districts In Kut

Members of Muqtada al-Sadr's Mehdi Army took control of five districts in the southern Iraqi town of Kut on March 25, Reuters reported. Police sources told Reuters that the militia took over the Jihad, Shuhada, Zahara, Sharqiya and Hawi districts. An eyewitness told Reuters he could hear explosions and shooting and U.S. warplanes were circling overhead. Police Capt. Majid al-Imara said he has asked U.S. forces to help the local authorities with aircraft and vehicles, adding that eight to 10 policemen had been wounded in clashes in Aziziya, a town north of Kut. Police in Samawa, the capital of the southern province of Muthanna, imposed a curfew after Mehdi Army members appeared there. Curfews have also been imposed in Hilla and Kut.

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