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Shi'ite Militia, Army Clashes Kill 23 In Iraq


http://gdb.rferl.org/80C707ED-DEFC-4A2A-B4F7-E2A32D213E54_w203.jpg --> http://gdb.rferl.org/80C707ED-DEFC-4A2A-B4F7-E2A32D213E54_mw800_mh600.jpg Al-Sadr supporters gathering for Friday Prayers earlier this month in Baghdad (epa) August 28, 2006 -- Clashes between a powerful Shi'ite militia and the Iraqi Army in the southern city of Al-Diwaniyah have left at least 23 people dead and 70 injured.


The fighting broke out late August 27 when the Iraqi Army conducted raids to detain militants and seize weapons.


The dead include 15 soldiers, six civilians, and two members of the Al-Mahdi Army, which is controlled by radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr.


(AP)

The International Coalition In Iraq
Georgian soldiers marking Georgian Independence Day in Baghdad on June 6 (epa)

COALITION MEMBERS: In addition to the United States, 28 countries are Multi-National Force-Iraq (MNF-I) contributors as of May 31, 2006: Albania, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, El Salvador, Estonia, Georgia, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Mongolia, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Singapore, Slovakia, South Korea, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom. Fiji is participating as part of the UN mission in Iraq. Hungary, Iceland, Slovenia, and Turkey are NATO countries supporting Iraqi stability operations but are not part of MNF-I.

NON-U.S. MILITARY PERSONNEL IN IRAQ: United Kingdom, 8,000 as of May 26, 2006; South Korea, 3,237 as of May 9, 2006; Italy, 2,900 as of April 27, 2006; Poland, 900 as of May 30, 2006; Australia, 900 as of March 28, 2006; Georgia, 900 as of March 24, 2006; Romania, 860 as of April 27, 2006; Japan, 600 as of May 30, 2006; Denmark, 530 as of May 23, 2006; All others, 1,140.

(Source: The Washington-based Brooking Institution’s Iraq Index of June 15, 2006)


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