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Marines rush a casualty to a waiting cas-evac helicopter for transport to a hospital in Babylon as the 11th MEU and supporting Army units began their final assault on the Imam Ali Shrine and its environs on August 25, 2004. The assault followed Moqtada al-Sadr?s rejection of an ultimatum from the Iraqi Interim Government demanding that the Mehdi Army withdraw from Najaf and the shrine.