At least 11 people have been killed in a day of violence across Iraq Saturday.
In Baghdad, a mortar attack killed two Iraqis, while in the Sadr City neighborhood, fighters loyal to radical cleric Moqtada al-Sadr clashed with U.S. forces.
North of the capital, insurgents killed five policemen.
In Fallujah overnight, U.S. airstrikes on insurgent positions killed three people. And in the northern city of Mosul, gunmen shot and killed a Mosul University academic.
In Najaf, senior Shi'ite clerics and five Iraqi ministers met separately with Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani to discuss recent developments. City residents, meanwhile, began cleaning the streets of debris from three weeks of fighting.