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In pictures: Najaf fighting
Militiamen loyal to Shia cleric Moqtada Sadr
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Throughout the centre of Iraq's holy city of Najaf, militiamen loyal to Shia cleric Moqtada Sadr have been taking up positions.
Militiamen loyal to Shia cleric Moqtada Sadr
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They are heavily armed with guns and rocket propelled grenades.
Militiaman loyal to Shia cleric Moqtada Sadr
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The fighters say they are ready to confront whatever the US forces throw at them.
Militiamen loyal to Shia cleric Moqtada Sadr in Najaf
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Many of them have taken shelter amongst the tombs of a cemetery in the centre of the city.
Militiamen loyal to Shia cleric Moqtada Sadr
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US forces say that using the cemetery as a base the militia launch sporadic attacks on American troops.
US tanks enter the centre of Najaf
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The American military initially said that they would not attack Najaf, but now US tanks have rumbled into the heart of the city.
Smoke rising over Najaf cemetery
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Smoke can be seen rising from the cemetery as the sides battle one another.
Najaf residents extinguish a fire
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Local residents have had to rush to extinguish fires caused by the fighting.




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