Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

EYE ON AFRICA

Donors pledge millions at Uganda refugee summit

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Depp plumbs depths of bad taste

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

France's new frontman, America's absent center, May's Brexit gambit, Saudi royal reshuffle, after Mosul & Raqqa fall

Read more

REVISITED

Senegal’s Casamance hopes for new era of peace

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

FARC disarmament a 'historic day' for Colombia, says president

Read more

FASHION

Cruise collections: All aboard for Dior and Chanel's latest fashions

Read more

ENCORE!

Colombia comes to France

Read more

#THE 51%

The last taboo: Helping women and girls. Period.

Read more

DOWN TO EARTH

Who benefits when the ice caps melt?

Read more

Al-Sadr agrees to truce with Iraqi government

Latest update : 2008-05-10

The possibility of a truce between Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr and the Iraqi government could spell relief for the two million Sadr City residents trapped in what has become a battle zone. The ongoing fighting claimed 13 lives on Saturday.

 

BAGHDAD - Iraq's government has agreed a truce with the movement of Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr to end weeks of clashes in Baghdad between Shi'ite gunmen and security forces, a spokesman for the cleric said on Saturday.

 

Government officials were not immediately available to comment, but if confirmed, the ceasefire could end fighting that has killed several hundred people and left the 2 million residents of Sadr City trapped in a battle zone.

 

The U.S. military said it was not aware of any deal.

 

"A deal has been made between the Sadr bloc and the United Iraqi Alliance (UIA) to have a ceasefire. The main aim of the deal is to solve the crisis in Sadr City," Sadr spokesman Salah al-Ubaidi told Reuters. The UIA is the country's ruling alliance in parliament.

 

"The government has accepted this deal," Ubaidi added.

 

Ubaidi said he expected the deal to take effect either on Saturday night or Sunday. He said the agreement comprised 10 points.

 

Major-General Qassim Moussawi, spokesman for Iraqi security forces in Baghdad, said he was not aware of any agreement.

 

"As a field commander, we are not aware of this deal. Our forces are still on the ground and will not withdraw from Sadr City or other parts unless weapons are handed over," he told Reuters.

 

The U.S. military said on Saturday it had killed eight militants in different districts of Baghdad on Friday.

 

That brought to 33 the total number of gunmen that U.S. forces say they killed in Baghdad on Thursday and Friday.

 

Fighting has flared in Baghdad since Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki ordered a crackdown on militias in late March.

 

Date created : 2008-05-10

COMMENT(S)