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Iraqi Government Gives Sadr a Final Chance to End Uprising

Iraqi government officials said today that Moktada al-Sadr has a final chance to disarm his militia and carry out other steps to end a stand-off at one of Shiite Islam’s holiest shrines and two weeks of fighting in Najaf with American forces. Displaying the brinkmanship that has made him one of the United States’ most powerful adversaries in Iraq, Mr. Sadr, a rebel cleric, sent last-minute messages of conciliation on Wednesday that appeared to have staved off an imminent assault on his fortress in the country’s holiest Shiite shrine.Full Story

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