BAGHDAD – Iraqi security forces are clashing with Shiite militia fighters southeast of Baghdad for a second day.
A man released from the US custody watches his wife sign a document to obey the laws of Iraq, at a US base inside Baghdad’s Sunni neighborhood of Azamiyah, Friday, March 21, 2008. US military released 13 detainees here Friday.(AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)
Iraqi officials said Friday that at least two police officers and two gunmen had died in the fighting in the city of. The clashes began Thursday when factions of the attacked security checkpoints, the officials said.
The Mahdi Army militia is nominally loyal to radical Shiite cleric. The anti-U.S. cleric has ordered a cease-fire but clashes often break out between rival factions battling for power in the oil-rich south.