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U.S. Helicopter Downed in Najaf Fighting

A U.S. helicopter is shot down during hours of fierce fighting in the Iraqi city of Najaf, where Iraqi police battled fighters loyal to Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr. Injuries are reported in the downing of the helicopter, but no deaths. U.S. Marines are called in for backup as fighting escalates. Hear NPR's Ivan Watson.

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Ivan Watson
Ivan Watson is currently based in Istanbul, Turkey. Following the 9-11 terrorist attacks, he has served as one of NPR's foreign "firemen," shuttling to and from hotspots around the Middle East and Central Asia.