Five Iraqis killed in Fallujah as al Sadr orders to hand control of Najaf shrine
An American air strike on the Iraqi ciry of Fallujah, west of Baghdad, overnight killed five people and injured six, a hospital doctor said on Friday.
According to Reuters, Abdul-Kareem al-Dulaimi, a doctor at a local hospital, said five houses were also demolished by the Americans.
Meanwhile, Shiite leader Muqtada al-Sadr ordered his fighters Thursday to hand control of a shrine in Najaf to top Shiite religious authorities, hours after Iraq's prime minister made a "final call" for the cleric's followers to surrender.
In a speech, interim Prime Minister Ayad Allawi had warned the al Sadr to disarm his forces and withdraw from the shrine after his government threatened to send a massive Iraqi force to root them out. (albawaba.com)
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