Friday, February 22, 2008

Attacks up: al-Sadr Cease-fire in Doubt

With deadly attacks against U.S. targets increasing around Baghdad, anti-American Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr raised the possibility that he may not renew a six-month cease-fire widely credited for helping slash violence. The cease-fire is due to expire and there were fears, especially among minority Sunni Arabs, that the re-emergence of al-Sadr's Mahdi Army militia could return Iraq to where it was just a year ago with sectarian death squads prowling the streets of a country on the brink of civil war.

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