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Iraq: Sadr City Cease-Fire Signed After Weeks of Fighting

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Iraq: Sadr City Cease-Fire Signed After Weeks of Fighting
Iraq's main Shiite political bloc and supporters of firebrand cleric Muqtada al-Sadr signed a fragile cease-fire in Baghdad's Sadr City on Monday, hoping to end seven weeks of fighting that has left hundreds dead. But the US military has alleged that most Shiite extremists fighting Iraqi and US forces in the teeming slum have splintered away from al-Sadr's Mahdi Army, and that the cleric's level of influence on those rogue groups is unclear. Many are thought to be trained and armed by Iranian forces. Iran denies the allegations.

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