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Najaf Offensive on Hold, Pending Talks

U.S. and Iraqi forces suspend a military offensive against Shiite fighters in Najaf while talks are held between Iraqi officials and representatives of radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr. Meanwhile, pro-Sadr demonstrations erupt in cities across Iraq. NPR's Ivan Watson reports.

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Ivan Watson
Ivan Watson is currently based in Istanbul, Turkey. Following the 9-11 terrorist attacks, he has served as one of NPR's foreign "firemen," shuttling to and from hotspots around the Middle East and Central Asia.