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  • Russia's Medvedev halts military action in Georgia

    08/12/2008 2:10:58 AM PDT · by Flashlight · 384 replies · 612+ views
    Russian news reports are quoting President Dmitri Medvedev ordering a halt to Russian military action in Georgia.
  • Breaking: Russia Calls End To Georgia War

    08/12/2008 5:48:55 PM PDT · by ETL · 29 replies · 104+ views
    SkyNews ^ | August 12, 2008
    Russia's president has ordered an end to the conflict with Georgia. "I have taken the decision to end the operation to force Georgian authorities into peace," Dmitry Medvedev was quoted as saying. Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Boris Malakhov confirmed the order to Sky News. Sky News chief correspondent Stuart Ramsay, speaking from Tibilisi, said the Russians had probably achieved their goal of pushing Georgian forces far enough back inside their borders to prevent further attacks on the rebel province of South Ossetia. "If the Russians say it's over, it's over," he said. "This is pretty good news. It means the...
  • Shattered Georgia pays high price for peace ( Sarkozy Brokers Peace )

    08/12/2008 5:42:25 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 11 replies · 242+ views
    Times Online (UK) ^ | August 13, 2008 | Charles Bremner in Moscow, Tony Halpin in Gori and Tim Reid in Washington
    A victorious Kremlin agreed to a ceasefire in the Caucasus last night on terms that left Georgia and its Western backers weakened. After five days of fighting, President Medvedev of Russia ordered his troops in South Ossetia to hold their fire and fixed a six-point peace plan with President Sarkozy of France. The deal, confirmed by Georgia’s President Saakashvili last night, did not address the future of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, the two breakway provinces that want closer links with Russia.
  • Russia and Georgia Agree to Outlines of Peace Plan

    08/12/2008 5:35:55 PM PDT · by neverdem · 1 replies · 130+ views
    NY Times ^ | August 13, 2008 | ANDREW E. KRAMER and ELLEN BARRY
    TBLISI, Georgia — The presidents of Georgia and Russia agreed early Wednesday morning to the framework of an agreement that could end the war that flared up here five days ago, though Russian air strikes continued throughout the day and antagonisms seethed on both sides. Declaring that “the aggressor has been punished,” President Dmitri A. Medvedev announced that Russia would stop its campaign, which was prompted after Georgian troops on Friday entered the separatist enclave of South Ossetia and shelled the capital city. By 2 a.m. Wednesday morning, Mr. Medvedev and his Georgian counterpart, Mikheil Saakashvili, had agreed to a...
  • Georgia: Russia targets key oil pipeline with over 50 missiles

    08/10/2008 5:58:54 PM PDT · by Fred · 71 replies · 3,599+ views ^ | 7:05PM BST 10 Aug 2008 | Damien McElroy in Rustavi, Georgia
    Russian jets targeted a key oil pipeline with over 50 missiles in a weekend bombing raid in Georgia that raised fears the conflict will tighten Moscow's stranglehold on Europe's energy supplies. Deep craters pockmark the landscape south of the Georgian capital Tblisi in a Y-shaped pattern straddling the British-operated pipeline. The attack left two deep holes less than 100 yards either side of a pressure vent on the pipeline. Shrapnel of highly engineered munitions litters the area. There was no visible damage to the pipeline. Its vulnerability is summed up by a yellow hazard sign next to the vent warning...
  • The Pipeline War: Russian bear goes for West's jugular

    08/09/2008 5:24:46 PM PDT · by melt · 26 replies · 347+ views ^ | 8/10/08 | Svetlana Skarbo and Jonathan Petre
    The war in Georgia escalated dangerously last night after Russian jets reportedly bombed a vital pipeline that supplies oil to the West. After a day of heightening international tensions, Georgian leaders claimed that the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline, which transports oil from the Caspian Sea to Turkey, had been attacked. But it is thought the bombs missed their target. Their claims came after Russian jets struck deep into the territory of its tiny neighbour, killing civilians and ‘completely devastating’ the strategic Black Sea port of Poti, a staging post for oil and other energy supplies. Georgian economic development minister Ekaterina Sharashidzne said:...
  • BBC: Georgia 'calls Ossetia ceasefire'

    08/10/2008 8:28:16 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 8 replies · 310+ views
    BBC ^ | 15:19 GMT, Sunday, 10 August 2008 16:19 UK | BBC Staff
    Georgia 'calls Ossetia ceasefire' Thousands of people have fled the conflict zone Georgia has ordered its forces to cease fire, and offered to start talks with Russia over an end to hostilities in South Ossetia, Georgian officials say. Russia said fighting was continuing, Interfax news agency reported. Earlier Georgia said its troops had pulled out of the breakaway region and that Russian forces were in control of its capital, Tskhinvali. Thousands of civilians have fled the area, following heavy fighting that broke out on Thursday night. Bombing raids Clashes in South Ossetia were reported to be less intense on...
  • Georgia calls for ceasefire in South Ossetia

    08/09/2008 11:11:02 AM PDT · by TLI · 35 replies · 185+ views
    Reuters ^ | Sat Aug 9, 2008 1:52pm EDT | Matt Robinson
    GORI, Georgia (Reuters) - Georgia called for a ceasefire on Saturday after Russian bombers widened an offensive to force back Georgian troops seeking control over the breakaway region of South Ossetia. President George W. Bush said Russian attacks on Georgia marked a "dangerous escalation" of the crisis and urged Moscow to halt the bombing immediately. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev told Bush the only solution was for Georgian troops to quit the conflict zone. Russia said it had seized the rebel capital, Tskhinvali, but Georgia denied the claim on the second day of fighting that threatens oil and gas pipelines seen...
  • Haniyeh: Hamas gov't won't stop Gaza weapon smuggling

    06/20/2008 5:28:12 PM PDT · by mojito · 5 replies · 155+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 6/20/2008 | Staff
    Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh denied on Friday that Hamas had agreed to stop weapons-smuggling efforts on Gaza's border with Egypt as part of the cease-fire deal with Israel, and claimed that it was incapable of such action. According to a Reuters report, Haniyeh - speaking to worshipers ahead of Friday prayers in Gaza City - said: "We cannot talk about stopping smuggling because it is something beyond our ability as a government and we did not give a commitment in this regard." Haniyeh added that Hamas would not force other organizations in Gaza to abide by the truce, but...
  • Cease-fire deal means Hamas is in charge

    06/18/2008 4:47:22 AM PDT · by SJackson · 3 replies · 77+ views
    Haaretz ^ | 6-18-08 | Zvi Bar'el The main points of a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas grant the Islamic organization a political and diplomatic achievement that will also give it a lever in its reconciliation talks with Fatah, which are slated to begin at the end of this week. According to the Egyptian-mediated proposal, Israel will no longer be able to monitor the Rafah crossing, on the Gaza-Egypt border, once it reopens, and a deal to free kidnapped soldier Gilad Shalit will be discussed separately from the truce, as Hamas wanted. Israel will receive quiet in the south, along with an Egyptian pledge to monitor...
  • Iraq: Sadr City cease-fire signed after weeks of fighting

    05/12/2008 12:35:30 PM PDT · by SmithL · 11 replies · 61+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 5/12/8 | SELCAN HACAOGLU, Associated Press Writer
    BAGHDAD, (AP) -- Iraq's main Shiite political bloc and supporters of firebrand cleric Muqtada al-Sadr signed a fragile cease-fire in Baghdad's Sadr City on Monday, hoping to end seven weeks of fighting that has left hundreds dead. But the U.S. military has alleged that most Shiite extremists fighting Iraqi and U.S. forces in the teeming slum have splintered away from al-Sadr's Mahdi Army, and that the cleric's level of influence on those rogue groups is unclear. Many are thought to be trained and armed by Iranian forces. Iran denies the allegations. Al-Sadr's representatives and the rival United Iraqi Alliance agreed...
  • Cleric's Aide: Shiites Agree to Cease-Fire in Sadr City (The cease fire without the cease fire)

    05/10/2008 4:23:19 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 18 replies · 78+ views
    fox news ^ | 5/10/2008 | AP
    BAGHDAD — An aide to a powerful Shiite cleric in Iraq says extremists have agreed to a cease-fire in Sadr City.
  • Al-Sadr threatens to end ceasefire

    04/08/2008 6:55:14 AM PDT · by jhpigott · 26 replies · 116+ views
    Published: 04.08.08, 15:40 / Israel News Anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr is demanding the Iraqi government protect the public from "the booby traps and American militias" or he may formally end the freeze he imposed seven months ago on his Mahdi Army fighters. The statement was being circulated to the press and public Tuesday as United States and Iraqi troops stepped up their pressure on Shiite militiamen in their Baghdad stronghold of Sadr City. Al-Sadr also wants a timetable for the US to leave Iraq. (AP)
  • Iraq Shiite radical leader threatens to end truce

    04/08/2008 6:00:45 AM PDT · by DGHoodini · 7 replies · 43+ views
    AFP via Google ^ | April 8, 2008 | Unknown
    (Too short to excerpt) NAJAF, Iraq (AFP) — Iraqi Shiite radical leader Moqtada al-Sadr on Tuesday threatened to end the ceasefire of his feared Mahdi Army militia which he announced last August. "The Jaish al-Mahdi (Mahdi Army) is hand in hand with the Iraqi people to achieve security, stability and liberation. If it is of interest to lift the ceasefire to achieve the aims and goals, it will be announced in a separate statement," Sadr said in a communique released by his office.
  • Iraqi military continues operations in Basrah

    04/02/2008 10:42:02 AM PDT · by DJ Elliott · 21 replies · 48+ views
    The Long War Journal ^ | 2 Apr 2008 | Bill Roggio
    Three days after Muqtada al Sadr ordered the Mahdi Army to withdraw from the fighting in Baghdad and the Shia South, the fighting has dropped dramatically. The Iraqi government has denied that it has agreed to Sadr's terms, but has softened its rhetoric against Mahdi Army, instead shifting its focus on the "criminal elements" just as the US military has done over the past year. Meanwhile, the Iraqi security forces are continuing operations in Basrah. The Iraqi military has continued to target Mahdi Army elements in Basrah and in Baghdad and southern Iraq, but the government is now referring to...
  • Observers interpret Iraq cease-fire, Iran's role (MSM following preprinted template)

    03/31/2008 6:54:54 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 2 replies · 197+ views
    CNN ^ | 3/31/2008 | cnn
    (CNN) -- The deal to end the weeklong fighting in Iraq's Shiite regions appeared to be holding Monday, but left lingering questions about Iran's growing influence, the Iraqi government's military resolve and the chances for more intra-Shiite hostility. Observers of the Iraqi conflict Monday offered fresh perspectives on the situation in the nation, where fighting raged in the Shiite-dominated south after the government last week launched an offensive in the city of Basra against what it called "outlaws." The fighting -- much of which raged in strongholds of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr's Mehdi Army militia -- swiftly worked its way...
  • Sadr loyalists warn of end to cease-fire

    04/01/2008 11:26:42 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 4 replies · 43+ views
    LA Times ^ | 4/1/2008 | Tina Susman
    BAGHDAD -- Loyalists of Shiite cleric Muqtada Sadr today accused government forces of breaching a cease-fire with continued raids in the southern city of Basra and threatened a "return to conflict." The warning came just a day after Basra and Baghdad felt the full effect of the cease-fire, which Sadr called late Sunday following five days of clashes between Shiite militiamen and Iraqi and U.S. forces. The call to his Mahdi Army fighters to put down their weapons brought relative calm to both cities, where curfews were lifted and rocket, mortar and other attacks dropped. Basra remained tense, though, and...
  • Iranian general played key role in brokering Iraq cease-fire

    03/31/2008 9:35:19 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 36 replies · 1,801+ views
    McClatchy Newspapers ^ | Sunday, March 30, 2008 | Leila Fadel | McClatchy Newspapers
    BAGHDAD — Iraqi lawmakers traveled to the Iranian holy city of Qom over the weekend to win the support of the commander of Iran's Qods brigades in persuading Shiite cleric Muqtada al Sadr to order his followers to stop military operations, members of the Iraqi parliament said. Sadr ordered the halt on Sunday, and his Mahdi Army militia heeded the order in Baghdad, where the Iraqi government announced it would lift a 24-hour curfew starting early Monday in most parts of the capital.But fighting continued in the oil hub of Basra, where a six-day-old government offensive against Shiite militias has...
  • Shia cleric orders followers to end Iraq clashes (Moqtada al-Sadr!)

    03/30/2008 4:24:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies · 1,262+ views
    The Guardian ^ | March 31, 2008 | Simon Tisdall and Richard Norton-Taylor
    The leader of Iraq's Mahdi Army Shia militia ordered his followers to cease fire yesterday, raising hopes of a halt to the fierce internecine clashes with government forces that spread across the country from Basra last week and threatened the security gains from the US military "surge". The cleric Moqtada al-Sadr said in a statement issued in Najaf: "Because of the religious responsibility and to stop Iraqi blood being shed ... we call for an end to armed appearances in Basra and all other provinces. Anyone carrying a weapon and targeting government institutions will not be one of us." Despite...
  • Aide to Iraq's Sadr: "No handover of arms"

    03/30/2008 9:46:53 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 60 replies · 1,145+ views
    Reuters ^ | 30 Mar 2008 13:38:32 GMT | Source: Reuters
    NAJAF, Iraq, March 30 (Reuters) - Followers of Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr will not hand over their weapons as part of a move to end a week of fighting in Iraq, a top Sadr aide said. The aide, Hazem al-Araji, also said that Sadr's followers had received a guarantee from the government that it would end "random arrests" of Sadr followers. "The weapons of the resistance will not be delivered to the Iraqi government," he told journalists at Sadr's office in the holy city of Najaf after distributing a statement from Sadr calling on followers to stop fighting. Sadr's statement...