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Last Updated: Thursday, 27 March 2008, 16:46 GMT
In pictures: Iraqi clashes

A Mehdi Army militiaman takes a combat position as a car carrying a coffin passes by during clashes in the southern Iraqi city of Basra.

Iraqi Shia militiamen have been fighting army troops for a third day in Basra and other parts of southern Iraq.

A woman comforts a wounded relative at a hospital in Baghdad's Shia district of Sadr City.

There have also been fierce clashes further north, with many casualties in Shia areas of Baghdad.

Iraqis mourn during a funeral after a mortar hit a home killing three people in Sadr City, Baghdad.

In the Sadr City district of the capital alone, about 30 people are estimated to have died since Tuesday in fighting between troops and the Mehdi Army militia.

A helicopter flies past a column of smoke coming out of the heavily fortified Green Zone.

Mortar and rocket fire also hit Baghdad's heavily protected Green Zone.

A Shia woman holds poster of radical Moqtada Sadr during a protest in Sadr City.

Many of Sadr City's residents are supporters of radical cleric Moqtada Sadr, who leads the Mehdi Army.

Sadrists place the picture of Iraqi PM Nouri Maliki on the head of a donkey during a demonstration in Baghdad.

Some Sadrists are openly showing their contempt for US-backed Prime Minister Nouri Maliki.

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