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View Full Version : VERY big step to bringing peace/stability to Iraq



PhinPhan1227
08-18-2004, 12:18 PM
http://www.cnn.com/2004/WORLD/meast/08/18/iraq.main/index.html



BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- Radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr announced Wednesday his militia will leave the Imam Ali Mosque, after a threat by the government to "liberate" the holy site.

In a letter from al-Sadr's office in Baghdad, al-Sadr said he agreed to three demands made to him Tuesday night by a delegation from the conference -- that he and his forces leave the mosque, disband the Mehdi Army and "enter into the mainstream political process."

Delegates to the conference cheered when the letter was read Wednesday, but some of them were quick to point out that unanswered questions remained -- including when the militia would withdraw from the mosque.

The letter came after Iraqi interim Defense Minister Hazem Sha'alan said the government had completed preparations for a military operation to "liberate the holy shrine" and regain "Najaf city from the gang of mercenaries."

DolFan31
08-18-2004, 08:34 PM
http://www.cnn.com/2004/WORLD/meast/08/18/iraq.main/index.html



BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- Radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr announced Wednesday his militia will leave the Imam Ali Mosque, after a threat by the government to "liberate" the holy site.

In a letter from al-Sadr's office in Baghdad, al-Sadr said he agreed to three demands made to him Tuesday night by a delegation from the conference -- that he and his forces leave the mosque, disband the Mehdi Army and "enter into the mainstream political process."

Delegates to the conference cheered when the letter was read Wednesday, but some of them were quick to point out that unanswered questions remained -- including when the militia would withdraw from the mosque.

The letter came after Iraqi interim Defense Minister Hazem Sha'alan said the government had completed preparations for a military operation to "liberate the holy shrine" and regain "Najaf city from the gang of mercenaries."

Finally, some good news regaurding Iraq. :up: