Fighting Resumes in Najaf, Iraqi Troops Refuse to Fight
17 Aug 2004 20:49 GMT
Iraqi National Conference Delegates Walk Out; Media Threatened - Told to Leave Najaf Fighting Erupts, Shrine Wall Damaged by Explosion, Iraqis Form Shield Around Shrine The battle for Najaf resumed amid further violence throughout Iraq on Sunday, continuing on Monday and Tuesday . The renewal of fighting occurred while delegates met in Baghdad for the Iraqi National Conference, even as Iraqi soldiers refused orders to fight against the Mehdi Army in Naja and Iraqis from Baghdad and elsewhere arrived by the thousands to surround and defend the Imam Ali Mosque in the holy city. The situation grew more tense each day, and journalists were ordered to leave the city immediately.