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Iraq's radical cleric Moqtada al-Sadr has agreed to demands to leave a holy shrine in Najaf and disarm his militia, one of his spokesmen said.
"Yes, Sayyed Moqtada has agreed to the demands," Sheik Mahmoud al-Sudani said.
A Reuters journalist in Najaf reported continued gunfire and explosions in the city as the reports came out and said he could see two US tanks on a street near the old city.
Faris Ahmed, a 20-year-old plumber living in Najaf said he had heard nothing about an agreement to end the crisis.
"Sadr is a religious man. I haven't heard of any agreement but the fighting should only stop if the Americans and the government forces get out of here."
Originally posted by elevatedone
Spokesman for radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr says he has agreed to terms of Najaf peace deal offered by Iraqi government. Details soon.
BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- Radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has agreed to Iraqi demands that he leave the Imam Ali mosque in Najaf, disband his Mehdi Army and "enter into the mainstream political process," his spokesman said Wednesday.
Originally posted by Jazzerman
However, what makes us so civilized
The Ministry says in a statement that it will grant cleric Moqtada al-Sadr and his followers amnesty only after they abandon an armed uprising in Najaf and at least seven other cities.
The statement made no mention of an earlier demand by Sadr that US marines agree to a truce before he would disarm his militia and leave the shrine.
Sadr's dramatic announcement came just hours after Iraq's interim Government threatened to storm the Imam Ali Mosque in Najaf to teach Sadr and his Mehdi Army "a lesson they will never forget"