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Top Cleric Brokers Deal To End Battle In Najaf

Militia, U.S. Would Leave; Mortar Attack Kills Dozens. In an agreement brokered by the top Shiite Muslim religious figure in Iraq, rebellious cleric Moqtada Sadr agreed Thursday night to withdraw his militia from a contested shrine and other parts of the city of Najaf after three weeks of fighting against U.S. and Iraqi forces, government and religious leaders said. The deal commits the country’s interim government to significant concessions. In exchange for Sadr’s compliance, the government pledged to pull U.S. military forces out of Najaf and to allow Sadr, who had been wanted by the former U.S. occupation authority on murder charges, to participate in politics. Full Story

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