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Shiite militia leader orders ceasefire across Iraq

Rebel cleric Moqtada Sadr, the most serious threat yet to the authority of Iraq’s interim government, ordered his militiamen to silence their guns. The announcement was made by aides that Sadr was halting his deadly uprising and turning his militant group into an ordinary political party, as demanded by the Iraqi government. “The commander of the Sadr movement, leader Moqtada Sadr, announced today in Najaf the end of all fighting in the whole of Iraq and the integration of his movement in the political process,” Sheikh Naim al-Qaabi told reporters. “This decision shows that the Sadr movement wants peace and participation in the country’s political process, and within the next two days the Sadr movement will explain its political vision,” he added. Full Story

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