Shi'ite Gunmen Take to the Streets in Iraq's Basra


BASRA, Iraq (Reuters) - Scores of Shi'ite militiamen took to the streets of the southern Iraqi city of Basra on Tuesday, brandishing assault rifles and rocket-propelled grenades and demanding U.S.-led forces pull out of Najaf.
Residents said the militiamen, supporters of radical cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, had made roadblocks from burning tires. Iraqi government National Guardsmen were defending the headquarters of the South Oil Company in the city, they said.

Basra, Iraq's second largest city, is mainly Shi'ite. Supporters of Sadr in the city have repeatedly clashed with British troops and Iraqi security forces this month since fighting erupted in Najaf.

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