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Iraqi Cleric Signals End to Shi'ite Revolt

Radical cleric Moqtada al-Sadr sent his fighters home on Wednesday in what may mark the end of a 10-week revolt against U.S.-led forces that once engulfed southern Iraq and Shi’ite Islam’s holiest shrines. With the formal end of U.S.-led occupation just two weeks away, Sadr issued a statement from his base in Najaf calling on his Mehdi Army militiamen to go home. “Each of the individuals of the Mehdi Army, the loyalists who made sacrifices…should return to their governorates to do their duty,” the statement said. That call came a day after President Bush said the United States would not oppose a political role for Sadr — only weeks after branding him an anti-democratic thug. Full Story

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