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Najaf Cemetery Firefight

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Soldiers make their way into the Najaf cemetery where they encountered insurgents. (Carolyn Cole / LAT)
Jump
Army Spc. Victor Felix of Watsonville, Calif., jumps over graves at a centuries-old cemetery in Najaf, Iraq. The graveyard was targeted by U.S. tanks and helicopter gunships as fighting with a Shiite cleric’s forces raged for a sixth day. (Carolyn Cole / LAT)
Cover
Army Pfc. Juan Cantu of Ft. Worth, Texas, ducks sniper shots among the tombs in Najaf’s cemetery. (Carolyn Cole / LAT)
Cover
U.S. Army Staff Sgt. William Menjivar, 27, of Los Angeles, and Spc. Jason Dumas, 21, of Kyle, Texas, take cover among the tombs in the Najaf cemetery where they fought insurgents for nine hours. (Carolyn Cole / LAT)
Help
Spc. Victor Felix of Watsonville, Calif., helps Sgt. Paul Martinez of Houston, who was shot in the leg during a battle with insurgents at a cemetery in Najaf. At the same moment, a mortar round fired by insurgents exploded about 100 yards away. (Carolyn Cole / LAT)
Taking cover
Two soldiers take cover from enemy fire as they make their way through the cemetery in Najaf. (Carolyn Cole / LAT)
Taking cover
U.S. soldiers make their way through the cemetery in Najaf where fighting has been going on for days. (Carolyn Cole / LAT)
Taking cover
U.S. Army Spc. Victor Felix and Staff Sgt. William Menjivar take cover among the tombstones in Najaf cemetery. (Carolyn Cole / LAT)
Fire
U.S. troops fire at insurgents inside Najaf cemetery. (Carolyn Cole / LAT)
Wounded
A soldier who was shot in the leg awaits help in the Najaf cemetery. (Carolyn Cole / LAT)
Weapons check
U.S. troops make a final weapons check at the end of a nine-hour patrol through the Najaf cemetery. (Carolyn Cole / LAT)
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