Nation Jun 24

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Bomb Kills 4 Americans, 4 Iraqis in Sadr City

A bomb struck a municipal council building Tuesday in Baghdad, killing two U.S. soldiers, two U.S. government civilian employees, four Iraqi civilians and an Italian of Iraqi origin working as an interpreter for the Americans, U.S. officials said.

A relative and senior aide of radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr was killed Friday in the holy city of Najaf. The assassination threatens to raise tensions amid a violent standoff between al-Sadr's Mahdi Army and the U.S.-backed Iraqi government.

Iraqi security forces continued to battle Shiite militants in the port city of Basra and in the capital Baghdad on Thursday, as Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki vowed to fight "until the end," despite mounting protests against his actions.