Al-Sadr agrees to truce with Iraqi government
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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.
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
"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
"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
"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.
That brought to 33 the total number of gunmen that U.S. forces say they killed in
Fighting has flared in
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