Karim Jamil

Fierce fighting erupts in Iraq’s Basra city

Iraqi security forces fought raging battles with gunmen from radical cleric Moqtada al-Sadr's Shi'ite militia in Basra on Tuesday amid a crackdown on armed groups in the southern city. British military officials said Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki was in Basra to personally oversee the major security force sweep in Iraq's second largest city.

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