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U.S.-Led Forces Fight Shiites and Sunnis in Iraq

U.S. forces and their allies are now battling armed insurgents in several areas of Iraq. As Marines try to subdue violence in the so-called Sunni triangle, Shiite militia forces, loyal to firebrand cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, continue to mount attacks in southern Iraq. Hear NPR's Melissa Block and NPR's Philip Reeves.

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Philip Reeves is an award-winning international correspondent covering South America. Previously, he served as NPR's correspondent covering Pakistan, Afghanistan, and India.
As special correspondent and guest host of NPR's news programs, Melissa Block brings her signature combination of warmth and incisive reporting. Her work over the decades has earned her journalism's highest honors, and has made her one of NPR's most familiar and beloved voices.