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Volume 18, Number 18, April 28, 2004

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U.S. Troop Strength In Iraq Grows With Repositioning and Delayed Rotation

As march came to a close there were about 155,000 U.S. military personnel in the Iraq Command theatre including about 30,000 in Kuwait and nearby but outside Iraq's borders. A constant flux in numbers makes this as much a guessing game as a matter of tracking troop movements because for one thing the U.S. has put a lid on the release of data for security reasons meanwhile a large scale troop rotation is currently under way as a full year of combat operations draws to a close.

Iraq's Sunni and Shiite Elite Experience Internal Unrest

Nazem Khalaf, a cleric at the Rahman mosque in Abu Dsheer, a suburb in southwestern Baghdad, said that assailants drove up next to his car and opened fire.

He was wounded in the head and hand, and his 21-year-old-son and 37-year-old son-in-law were killed.

"Whoever tried to kill me is trying to ignite sectarian violence," said Khalaf, who claimed that three days before the attack, a member from a Shiite Muslim militant group threatened to kill him if he didn't stop going to the mosque. He said he was accused of belonging to the Wahhabis, a militant sect whose adherents are mainly in Saudi Arabia.

The alleged attempt is the second known attack on a Sunni Muslim cleric following the bombings at Shiite Muslim shrines in Karbala and Baghdad on March 2 which killed at least 181 people and left 573 wounded. It was the bloodiest day since the ouster of Saddam Hussein last April.

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