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WAR: Agreement Reached in Najaf, Stand-off to End.

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posted on Aug, 26 2004 @ 01:52 PM
Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani and Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr have reached an agreement in talks to end the standoff in Najaf, Iraq, Aides say. (CNN)

Whilst details of the agreement are unknown at this point in time it is believed that al-Sadr and his Mahdi army will be granted safe passaged and immunity in exchange for them giving up arms and leaving the Shrine of Imam Ali.

Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani announced his intentions to lead a led a march of faithful Shi'ites from the region to the mosque. This included many from the neighbouring city of Karbala.

[edit on 26-8-2004 by Nerdling]

[edit on 8-27-2004 by Valhall]

posted on Aug, 26 2004 @ 02:01 PM
Good 'ol Grand Ayatollah al-Sistani walks a very thin and very tight rope trying his best to keep Iraq stable.

posted on Aug, 26 2004 @ 02:07 PM

The news, which was also reported by Arabic news network al-Arabiya, came only shortly after talks were reported to have begun.

The deal was "very positive", Iraqi police reportedly said, and journalists have been called to a news conference.


posted on Aug, 26 2004 @ 02:16 PM
Usually with these things, the devil is in the details.

What will the IDC and the US Forces have to do to end this stand-off?
Waiting for the details.

posted on Aug, 26 2004 @ 02:22 PM
This will be very good news indeed and also shows the US administration that democracy can not be push into another country when their values and beliefs are scattered between religious groups.

These clerics have more power over the people that a democratic government wannabe will ever have in Iraq everything that is done with the people has to be approved by the religious leader of the country first. Something that Sadam rule was very good at keeping them at bay now they are free to rule their tribes.

posted on Aug, 26 2004 @ 02:25 PM
Some details from Yahoo News

Aides have said that al-Sistani's peace plan calls for Najaf and Kufa to be declared weapons-free cities, for all foreign forces to withdraw from Najaf and leave security to the police, and for the government to compensate those harmed by the fighting.

"Mr. Muqtada al-Sadr agreed to the initiative of his eminence al-Sistani," said Hamed al-Khafaf, a top al-Sistani aide. "You will hear good news soon from the government and Mr. Muqtada al-Sadr."

posted on Aug, 26 2004 @ 03:00 PM
This is basically what phreak posted but worded slightly differently...

Iraq: Moqtada Sadr accepts the conditions of Sistani (office of Sistani)

"the disarmament of the towns of Najaf and of Koufa and the departure of all the elements armed with these two cities ", affirmed Mr. Khaffaf, director of the office of the ayatollah, with the satellite chain of television Al-Arabiya

Sorry about the url,

posted on Aug, 26 2004 @ 03:07 PM
This people are just going to go somewhere else and get ready for another fight they are just waiting for more people to join their cause.

The civil war in Iraq is just starting.

posted on Aug, 26 2004 @ 05:39 PM

Heres one for the related atsnn links nerdling might be o some help to you.

posted on Aug, 27 2004 @ 12:37 AM
There is no question but that we (the coalition forces) should get the hell out and let their god sort this for them. Did our collective governments not know these are religious fanatics (split into four denominations) who observe no grounds for separation of church and state, one equally as barbaric as the others? Let them fight this to its end. I, personally, don't give a flying %#*^ if three-quarters of Iraq's population is extinguished; my concern is to return our people from hell.

Saddam Hussein has taken from us exactly what he wanted: our peace of mind and many of our lives. Let us return to our lives and try to find viable alternative sources of energy, soon.

posted on Aug, 27 2004 @ 12:01 PM
Jack Martin,

I wish everybody will have the same mind and could see things as well as you do, and amen to the post. To much bushes blindness syndrom going on around.

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