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Iraq's Sadr Says Will Not Disband Militia

Iraq’s rebel Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr said Friday he would not dismantle his Mehdi Army militia under any circumstances. “Some Muslims are asking me to disband the Mehdi Army,” Sadr said at Friday prayers in the town of Kufa, near the Shi’ite shrine city of Najaf where he is based. “It will not be disbanded on any conditions, because I did not create it on my own but with the cooperation of the Iraqi people.” U.S.-led authorities in Iraq have vowed to kill or capture Sadr and destroy the Mehdi Army. His supporters rose up against occupying forces earlier this month and 2,500 U.S. troops are now poised outside Najaf to move against him. Full Story

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