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Iraqi Battles Taper Down

Days of intense fighting in Baghdad and southern Iraq slowed after the U.S.-backed government of Nouri al-Maliki launched an offensive against rival Shiite militias and powerful Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr called for his followers to cease violence.

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