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THE CONFLICT IN IRAQ

British Troops Leave Cleric's Basra Office

September 19, 2004|From Associated Press

BASRA, Iraq — British troops withdrew Saturday from radical Shiite Muslim cleric Muqtada Sadr's main office in the southern city of Basra a day after occupying the building and seizing an arms cache in fighting that killed three and wounded five, the British military said.

Explosions and gunfire echoed before troops handed the office keys to local police, a military spokesman said. The move came hours after a Sadr aide threatened to order attacks on oil fields if troops did not leave the office.

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