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Iraq’s radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr last night announcedthe suspension of all activities by his Mahdi Army militia for sixmonths. (The Age — 30 August, 2007)
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Iraq’s radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr last night announcedthe suspension of all activities by his Mahdi Army militia for sixmonths. (The Age — 30 August, 2007)
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Shiite cleric pulls back his army
Shiite cleric pulls back his army

Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has ordered a six-month suspension of activities by his Mahdi Army militia in order to reorganize the force, an aide said Wednesday. (MSNBC — 29 August, 2007)
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Anti-American Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has ordered a suspension of his Mehdi Army militia for up to six months for restructuring, a senior aide said Wednesday. (CNN — 30 August, 2007)
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BAGHDAD, Aug. 29 — The powerful Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr publicly ordered his huge militia Wednesday to “freeze” operations for up to six months, but U.S. and Iraqi officials expressed skepticism of the cleric’s intentions and his ability to control the fractured network of fighters who kill… (Washington Post — 30 August, 2007)
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The surprise declaration was widely taken as a tacit acknowledgment of the damage done to the Mahdi Army’s reputation by two days of Shiite-on-Shiite in-fighting. (New York Times — 30 August, 2007)
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BAGHDAD, Aug. 30 — Radical Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr told his followers Thursday that he would rescind his order “freezing” the operations of his powerful militia if military raids on his offices did not cease in the next few days, according to officials of Sadr’s organization. (Washington Post — 31 August, 2007)
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The Iraqi government called on all armed groups to join a cease-fire declared this week by Moktada al-Sadr. (New York Times — 1 September, 2007)
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BAGHDAD, Aug. 28 — Riots broke out during a religious festival in the holy city of Karbala on Tuesday, prompting the evacuation of hundreds of thousands of Shiite pilgrims and leaving 28 people dead, police said. (Washington Post — 29 August, 2007)
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A cleric’s order to freeze a Shia militia’s operations may free US forces to tackle al-Qaeda in Iraq, the US says. (BBC News — 20 hours ago)
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A curfew and weapons ban was in effect and Shiite pilgrims were evacuated from the holy city of Karbala after fighting there killed 26 people and wounded 33 others, the Iraqi Interior Ministry said Tuesday. (CNN — 29 August, 2007)
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Police ordered a curfew Tuesday in the Shiite holy city of Karbala and ordered more than one million pilgrims to leave after two days of violence claimed least 10 lives during a Shiite religious festival. (MSNBC — 29 August, 2007)
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