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Old 08-18-2004, 02:05 PM #1
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Wonder what Kerry will have to say now?

Al-Sadr Reportedly Accepts Peace Plan
3 hours ago

By ABDUL HUSSEIN AL-OBEIDI, Associated Press Writer

NAJAF, Iraq - Radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr accepted a peace plan Wednesday to end fighting in Najaf that would disarm his militiamen and remove them from a holy shrine where they are hiding out, according to an al-Sadr spokesman. However, al-Sadr wanted to negotiate how the deal would be implemented.

The cleric's decision came just hours after Iraqi Defense Minister Hazem Shaalan said the government was prepared to raid the revered Imam Ali shrine as early as Wednesday to root out the militants.

The agreement could spell the end of the two-week resurgence of violence in this holy city that enraged many of the country's majority Shiites and posed the greatest test yet for the fledgling government of interim Prime Minister Ayad Allawi.

The cease-fire deal was presented to al-Sadr's aides in Najaf on Tuesday by an eight-person delegation sent by the Iraqi National Conference, meeting in Baghdad. Al-Sadr himself declined to meet with the mediators. The proposal demanded the cleric's militia drop its arms, withdraw from the shrine and transform itself into a political party in exchange for amnesty.

Sheik Hassan al-Athari, an official at al-Sadr's office in Baghdad, said the cleric had agreed to the plan but wanted the delegation to return to Najaf to negotiate how it would be implemented and to ensure his militants would not be arrested. He said al-Sadr had other, more minor conditions, but did not elaborate.

Al-Sadr has made contradictory statements in the past, and a previous cease-fire with his Mahdi Army militia that ended a spring uprising two months ago collapsed two weeks ago into street battles throughout the city.

Clashes marked by gunfire and explosions continued in Najaf even after the agreement was announced Wednesday. Fighting in Najaf has killed six people and wounded 23 others since Tuesday morning, Hussein Hadi of Najaf General Hospital said Wednesday.

The U.S. military says the fighting in Najaf has killed hundreds of militants, though the militants deny that. Eight U.S. soldiers and at least 40 Iraqi police have been killed as well.

The fighting in Najaf, especially near the shrine, has angered many among the country's majority Shiite population and cast a pall over the conference in Baghdad _ intended to project an image of amity and inclusiveness on the road to democracy.

The conference, a gathering of more than 1,000 religious, political and civic leaders, was extended a fourth day into Wednesday because of disagreements over how to elect a National Council, which is to act as a watchdog over the interim government until elections in January. Smaller groups argued they would not have enough of a voice.

As the delegates prepared to vote Wednesday afternoon, a mortar round hit the roof of Iraq's Foreign Ministry building nearby, causing no damage or injuries, Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari told The Associated Press.

The blast shook the convention center where the conference was held inside the heavily fortified Green Zone enclave, which is home to Iraqi government offices and the U.S. Embassy. Zebari said he believed the Green Zone was the target.

Also, a mortar round slammed into a busy market in the northern city of Mosul on Wednesday, killing five civilians and wounding 21, the U.S. military said. Local health officials said the attack killed six and wounded 23 others. Details, including who fired the mortar, were not immediately known.

With the Najaf fighting threatening to overshadow the conference, delegates decided to send a peace mission to Najaf on Tuesday to try to solve the crisis. However, the cleric's refusal to meet with them _ his aides said it was too dangerous for him to leave his secret hideout _ displeased the delegates.

"If there were anyone sympathizing with him in the past, there will be none from now on because of this stand," delegate Abdul-Halim al-Ruhaimi said earlier Wednesday.

In threatening to raid the shrine, Shaalan said Iraqi forces were fully trained to oust militants from the holy site, and that U.S. forces would not enter the compound. Any American action against the shrine would almost certainly enrage Iraq's Shiite majority.

By Wednesday evening, however, Safiya al-Suhail, an independent Shiite delegate at the conference, said she had received a letter from al-Sadr's Baghdad office saying he was agreeing to the conference's peace plan.

"Muqtada al-Sadr has agreed on the conditions set by the National Conference," she said reading the letter to the conference.

"We call on the Iraqi government and the National Conference to participate in implementing what is proposed by Muqtada al-Sadr, otherwise everybody will bear the responsibility," the letter continued.
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Old 08-18-2004, 02:07 PM #2
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Another news report that has nothing to do with the person in the title. I direct you to 'nader is a poor ***'.

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The title was referring to the political fallout of Bush getting things done in the Middle East. If you were to stop and pull your head out of your *** for a few minutes then maybe you could see that.
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The title was referring to the political fallout of Bush getting things done in the Middle East. If you were to stop and pull your head out of your *** for a few minutes then maybe you could see that.
Yea even I realized that and I only read the first paragraph.
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Well the battles have to end eventually. Doesn't mean **** about bush. Just means our military is an assload stronger than some militiamen.
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Erm, no this definately doesn't have anything to do with Kerry bro. If the argument is that "we shouldn't have been there anyway" then "yeah we beat one of the millitias in one of the cities that has seen lots of fighting" doesn't really apply to well, anything. All it shows is that you've been kicking the Mehdi army's *** which I don't see relates to Kerry.
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Erm, no this definately doesn't have anything to do with Kerry bro. If the argument is that "we shouldn't have been there anyway" then "yeah we beat one of the millitias in one of the cities that has seen lots of fighting" doesn't really apply to well, anything. All it shows is that you've been kicking the Mehdi army's *** which I don't see relates to Kerry.
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Speaking for the relatively right side of the crowd....

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Speaking for the relatively right side of the crowd....

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Please, take me to school. (Assuming there's room on that short bus you're riding).
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I was too lazy too look and see if I had posted and killed this thread yet... so here it is just to make sure...
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"we shouldn't have been there anyway"
Funny... Kerry thought we should have been, too.

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That would be me. Run out of ritalin?
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That would be me. Run out of ritalin?
I'm fully aware it was you. It was actually a response to "please, take me to school" in which I connoted that I have not seen much evidence worth merit of your ability to "school" or block a "school-job"
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I hope your signature is true.....
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Now if anyone knew wtf your POSTS meant....

like the one where you quote me talking to somebody else then pretend it's your business....

or this one...
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did I mention schooling or blocking a "school-job" anywhere? I asked to BE schooled. What the Hell does "much evidence worth merit of" mean, anyway?
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