News, March 2008
Praised By Miliki, Sadr Orders his Followers to Cease Fire
Sadr orders followers to cease fire
Arbil - Voices of Iraq
Leader of Al-Mahdi Army militia, Muqtada al-Sadr,
gave instructions to his supporters on Sunday to cease fire, according
to the semi-official al-Iraqiya TV station.
"Based on responsibility towards Iraq and to stem Iraqi bloodshed and to preserve the country's unity and integrity as a prelude to its independence, I call on the people to be up to their responsibility and awareness in order to maintain Iraq's stability," Sadr said in a statement received by Aswat al-Iraq – Voices of Iraq – (VOI).
Al-Sadr appealed to the government to stop illegal
raids and random detention campaigns and release all non-convicted
detainees, particularly the members of the Sadrist bloc.
Armed confrontations have been flaring up in Basra,
Iraq's second largest city and oil hub, since Tuesday between government
forces and the leader Muqtada al-Sadr's Mahdi Army militias. The clashes
coincided with angry upheavals in several southern provinces, where Sadr
The clashes broke out hours after Iraqi Prime Minister
Nouri al-Maliki declared a plan codenamed Saulat al-Forsan (Knights'
Assault), which he said targeted the elimination of armed groups in
Al-Maliki: Sadr's statement is a step in the right direction
Baghdad - Voices of Iraq
US-backed Iraq premier, Nouri al-Maliki, said on
Sunday that Sayid Muqtada al-Sadr made "a step in the right direction"
by urging his followers to cancel all armed scenes, stressing that Fardh
al-Qanoon (Law Imposing) in Basra did not target any political or
religious side, including the Sadrist bloc.
The release quoted al-Maliki as saying, "Fardh al-Qanoon (Law Imposing) in Basra did not target any political or religious side, including the Sadr bloc."
Earlier on Sunday, Muqtada al-Sadr gave
instructions to his supporters to cease fire in Basra, and all other
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