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Iraqi Shiite fighters parade in show of force in Baghdad

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Shiite fighters paraded in Baghdad Saturday in a dramatic show of force aimed at Sunni militants who seized a border crossing, widening a western front in an offensive threatening to rip Iraq apart.

In Baghdad, thousands of fighters loyal to powerful Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr paraded with weapons in the Sadr City district,, vowing to fight the offensive which was launched on June 9.