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Iraq Funeral for soldier of Medhi Army

5 April 2004..Najaf, Iraq...Funeral for soldier of Medhi Army...Moqtada al Sadr remains holed up in the Holy city of Najaf..The US forces have an arrest warrant out for him and had vowed to bring him in dead or alive. At present the US forces have remained on the outskirts of towm and al Sadr's private militia the Medhi Army control the center of the city...There are almost daily clashes between coalition troops and local militia...Ahmad Abdul Zahara aged 30 was killed during such a clash. Fellow militia and friends carried his body through the streets before taking it for burial, they carried pictures of al Sadr and chanted slogans in support of him.

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5 April 2004..Najaf, Iraq...Funeral for soldier of Medhi Army...Moqtada al Sadr remains holed up in the Holy city of Najaf..The US forces have an arrest warrant out for him and had vowed to bring him in dead or alive. At present the US forces have remained on the outskirts of towm and al Sadr's private militia the Medhi Army control the center of the city...There are almost daily clashes between coalition troops and local militia...Ahmad Abdul Zahara aged 30 was killed during such a clash. Fellow militia and friends carried his body through the streets before taking it for burial, they carried pictures of al Sadr and chanted slogans in support of him.