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Radical Shiite Cleric al-Sadr Announces Cease-Fire Extension
fox news ^ | 2/22/2008 | fox news

Posted on 02/22/2008 5:01:25 AM PST by tobyhill

BAGHDAD — Anti-U.S. cleric Muqtada al-Sadr announced Friday that he has extended a cease-fire order to his Shiite Mahdi Army by another six months, giving Iraq a chance to continue its fragile recovery from brutal sectarian violence.

His message was delivered by Shiite clerics during prayer services in mosques dominated by followers of the black-turbaned cleric.

"According to an order by Sayyid Muqtada, activities of the Mahdi Army will be suspended ... for another six month period," al-Sadr's aide Hazim al-Aaraji said, using an honorific for al-Sadr during his sermon at the Kazimiyah mosque in Baghdad.

Al-Sadr's decision to halt the activities of his powerful militia for up to six months last August was one of three critical steps widely credited with bringing the Iraqi death toll down more than 60 percent in recent months.

The other pieces of the puzzle are the so-called surge of U.S. troops and the move by U.S.-backed Sunni fighters to switch allegiances and start working against Al Qaeda in Iraq.

The U.S. military welcomed initial word of the decision, but pledged to continue cracking down on what it calls breakaway factions that persist in violence.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: alsadr; iraq; sadr
"Al-Sadr I'm Not Quite Ready to Rumble ... Yet"

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1 posted on 02/22/2008 5:01:27 AM PST by tobyhill
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To: tobyhill

Falstaff: ‘The better part of valour is discretion; in the which better part I have saved my life.’


2 posted on 02/22/2008 5:15:59 AM PST by shove_it (and have a nice day)
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"Al-Sadr I'm Not Quite Ready to Rumble ... Yet"

One of the biggest failure of command in Iraq was not killing this man. Sooner are later he intends to take over Iraq, and to date no one has done anything about converting him in to fertilizer.

3 posted on 02/22/2008 5:27:43 AM PST by org.whodat (What's the difference between a Democrat and a republican????)
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as soon as this piece of slime burps, exterminate it.


4 posted on 02/22/2008 5:32:17 AM PST by From One - Many (Trust the Old Media At Your Own Risk.)
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To: tobyhill

Under orders from Tehran


5 posted on 02/22/2008 5:39:27 AM PST by nuconvert (There are bad people in the pistachio business.)
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To: tobyhill

How big of him. I wish his own would wake up and smell the hummus and do us the favor of eleiminating him before we have to.


6 posted on 02/22/2008 5:43:50 AM PST by SueRae
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To: tobyhill

This extension is really ticking off the left wing lunatics. As we neared the end of the first six month extension they were nearly joyous in the thought that Sadr would start the attacks again on Iraqis and US Troops.

How do they sleep at night knowing they are hoping for more US troop deaths in Iraq for their own political gain in America with a left wing candidate.


7 posted on 02/22/2008 6:31:01 AM PST by HD1200
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Six months. Hmmm. That lets him run a little Tet offensive shortly before the US election.

OTOH, his "army" is not being used. So they are out getting married, getting jobs, doing whatever bored young men do. So I suspect al Sadr's capabilities are degrading over time. Plus, having experienced a bit of civilization for the past year, Iraqis are going to be a lot less accepting of mindless violence than in the past.

I would also hope he's been told if he starts up again, we will put a bullet in his head.

8 posted on 02/22/2008 6:38:22 AM PST by ModelBreaker
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