Sadr may disband army upon Shia request
Radical cleric Moqtada al-Sadr says he is ready to disband his Mehdi Army if requested by Shia religious leaders. A protest planned in Baghdad for Sadr's followers has been cancelled. (Report: C.Norris-Trent)
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Just a few hours before the much anticipated testimony of General David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker in front of several
“I call upon the beloved Iraqi people who wish protest against the occupation to delay this demonstration because I fear for them and I want to protect them,” he declared in an official statement published in the holy city of
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In an address last week directed at all Iraqis, Moqtada al-Sadr called on them to raise their voices and reject “American occupation and tyranny.”
Moqtada al-Sadr also left the future of August’s cease-fire agreement in doubt: “The Mahdi Army works hand in hand with the Iraqi people for safety, stability and the liberation of their country. If we must break the cease-fire in order to achieve our goals, it will be announced by an official statement shortly.”
On the ground, violence continued in the southern parts of
According to Lucas Menget,
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Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and Moqtada al-Sadr appear to be facing off in the political arena. The Shia leader wants to enter many candidates in the next local elections. Lucas Menget believes he has a good chance of gaining a great number of seats thanks to the popular support the young Shia leader enjoys amongst the underprivileged. But the prime minister threatened Friday to exclude al-Sadr from the electoral process if he did not call on his militia to disarm.
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