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Iraqi cleric calls off militias
Iraqi Shia cleric Moqtada Sadr has ordered his fighters off the streets of Basra and other cities in an effort to end clashes with security forces.
He said in a statement that his movement wanted the Iraqi people to stop the bloodshed and maintain its independence and stability.
Previously Mr Sadr had defied a government deadline to hand over weapons in return for cash.
The fighting has claimed more than 240 lives across the country since Tuesday
Moqtada Sadr's statement said: "Because of the religious responsibility, and to stop Iraqi blood being shed, and to maintain the unity of Iraq and to put an end to this sedition that the occupiers and their followers want to spread among the Iraqi people, we call for an end to armed appearances in Basra and all other provinces.
Originally posted by TimeTracker
Yes , This is the millitants way.
With one hand takes the money from the Americans, and with the other hand buy the bombs to kill them with.
I hope we don't let up this time.
If you start an operation let's finish it and maybe our boys can come home some day.
Now would be a good time for prayer for them.
God bless them.