U.S. And Iraq Forces Raided Shiite Areas During Prayers

06/01/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

U.S. and Iraqi forces detained nearly 200 people during operations that targeted two prominently Shiite Muslim neighborhoods during Friday prayer services, the U.S. military said Saturday.

The searches occurred between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on the Muslim sabbath in the Bayaa and Amal sectors of Baghdad. U.S. and Iraqi forces stormed a prayer service that was being held in an office belonging to anti-American Shiite cleric Muqtada al Sadr and detained several of the participants.

More than 500 people were questioned, the military said, and a weapons cache was found near the office.

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