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Baghdad’s Sadr City death toll mounts

In continuing violence in Baghdad’s Sadr City, 10 people, including two children were killed on Sunday.
Over the past 5 weeks, the US military and Iraqi forces have been cracking down on the Mahdi army militia in this densely populated neighborhood.
Since the offensive’s inception, over 925 have been killed, and 2,600 have been wounded.

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VOICEOVER: Ten people, including two children, were killed in Baghdad’s Sadr City on Sunday as the US military and Iraqi forces continue cracking down on the Mahdi Army militia. Since Iraqi President Nouri al-Maliki’s offensives against the militia began five weeks ago, over 925 people have been killed and 2,600 wounded. The Mahdi Army is led by popular Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, who last year declared a ceasefire that is largely credited with reducing sectarian violence in Iraq.

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