US and Iraqi forces are reportedly closing in on fighters loyal to Shia leader Muqtada al-Sadr besieged in the Imam Ali mosque in Najaf.
In an exclusive interview with Aljazeera, a Muqtada al-Sadr spokesman has said the al-Mahdi Army is prepared for any attack against Najaf, but is also ready to accept any peace intitiative.
Last updated: 12 Aug 2004 19:18 GMT
The deputy governor of Najaf has resigned in protest against the US offensive on the city even as a series of explosions rocked Najaf as fighting between US marines an
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