A suicide attacker detonated his explosives outside a Shiite shrine in Najaf, Iraq, Thursday, killing at least 35 people and injuring at least 122, the Iraqi army said.
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Iraqi authorities detained 50 suspects Monday in connection with dual car bombings that killed at least 66 people in the mainly Shia cities of Najaf and Karbala on Sunday.
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Iraq's top cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, and rebel cleric Muqtada al-Sadr met in Najaf Thursday, forging an agreement aimed at ending fighting that has engulfed the city for the past three weeks.
Fighting between U.S. Marines and loyalists to rebel Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr escalated in Najaf Monday as the U.S. military stepped up pressure on the militiamen to hand over control of the Imam Ali Shrine to religious authorities.
Militants supporting radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr removed their weapons from the sacred Imam Ali Shrine in central Najaf Friday, bringing an end to a two-week standoff in the holy city.
Iraq's interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi issued a "final call" to Shiite militants in Najaf Thursday, telling them to disarm and leave the sacred Imam Ali Shrine or face a massive onslaught by Iraqi forces.
Muqtada al-Sadr, the rebel Shiite cleric at the helm of a two-week uprising in Najaf against U.S. and Iraqi troops, accepted a plan Wednesday to end the fighting.
Eight members of the Iraqi National Conference arrived in Najaf Tuesday to try to convince rebel Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr and his militia to end a 12-day insurgency in the south.
Iraqi politician Ahmad Chalabi returned from Iran on Wednesday to face an arrest warrant that could lead to jail time. The political turmoil continued as fighting between U.S. forces and Shiite militants continued in several southern cities.
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