Wednesday, June 16, 2004

Yahoo! News - Iraqi Cleric Signals End to Shi'ite Revolt

Yahoo! News - Iraqi Cleric Signals End to Shi'ite Revolt: "Iraqi Cleric Signals End to Shi'ite Revolt

By Khaled Farhan
NAJAF, Iraq (Reuters) - Radical cleric Moqtada al-Sadr sent his fighters home on Wednesday in what may mark the end of a 10-week revolt against U.S.-led forces that once engulfed southern Iraq (news - web sites) and Shi'ite Islam's holiest shrines.

With the formal end of U.S.-led occupation just two weeks away, Sadr issued a statement from his base in Najaf calling on his Mehdi Army militiamen to go home.
'Each of the individuals of the Mehdi Army, the loyalists who made sacrifices...should return to their governorates to do their duty,' the statement said. "

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