Just two days before, Mr. Sadr's office in Sadr City had announced the neighborhood was officially reopened to Western journalists (see story). On Saturday some Westerners attended the funeral of a young man who was a casualty of the fighting.
But on Sunday it seemed not all of the area's militants had gotten Sadr's message. Howard was rushed to safety by his security team. But leaving proved more difficult than expected. He was grilled for 30 minutes by Iraqi Army forces at a checkpoint, who wouldn't let him go until an official note was provided by nearby US forces.
– David Clark Scott
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