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Iraq Mehdi Army Najaf

27 May 2004..Najaf, Iraq...Deal in Najaf...For the first time in weeks the main road between Kufa and Najaf is virtually void of Mehdi army foot soldiers. ..Moqtada al-Sadr the firebrand cleric with popular support in Najf, Kufa and Sadr city, a poor and violent suburb of Baghdad, has agreed in a deal with US forces to stand down his private militia who have been exchanging fire on the edges of the city for many weeks. al-Sadr says his force will disarm on the understanding that US forces do not enter the holy city...On the streets around Najaf's mosque Mehdi army fighters made a final parade but in the background some fighters retained their weapons and the militia are still maintaining some of their firing positions in the expectation that the US forces will not honour the deal.

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27 May 2004..Najaf, Iraq...Deal in Najaf...For the first time in weeks the main road between Kufa and Najaf is virtually void of Mehdi army foot soldiers. ..Moqtada al-Sadr the firebrand cleric with popular support in Najf, Kufa and Sadr city, a poor and violent suburb of Baghdad, has agreed in a deal with US forces to stand down his private militia who have been exchanging fire on the edges of the city for many weeks. al-Sadr says his force will disarm on the understanding that US forces do not enter the holy city...On the streets around Najaf's mosque Mehdi army fighters made a final parade but in the background some fighters retained their weapons and the militia are still maintaining some of their firing positions in the expectation that the US forces will not honour the deal.