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At Least 250 Insurgents Killed by Iraqi and U.S. Forces

Iraqi and U.S forces have killed at least 250 insurgents in the Shiite city of Najaf during heavy fighting on Sunday, according to an Iraqi interior ministry official. The insurgents killed were part of a group of about 600 gunmen who were stationed outside of the Shiite holy city.

According to officials the gunmen were planning to take control of Najaf and to kill Shia clerics including Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani.

During the fighting the gunmen fired a missile at a U.S helicopter causing it to crash just north of the city, killing two American soldiers, the U.S military said.

At least three Iraqi security forces were killed and 15 others wounded in Sunday’s fighting, Iraqi police Col. Ali Jraiwi said.

Heavy fighting still continues today in Najaf, which is located about 100 miles south of Baghdad.