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Najaf Shrine Damaged in Clash with Shiite Militia

For the second time this month, the most sacred Shiite shrine in Iraq was damaged during fighting. U.S. military officials said the damage to the Najaf shrine did not result from American fire. U.S.-led forces were battling Shiite militia in Najaf and Kufa, in southern Iraq. Officials say at least 11 people were killed and more than 20 wounded. NPR's Peter Kenyon reports.

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Peter Kenyon is NPR's international correspondent based in Istanbul, Turkey.

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