Friday, October 08, 2004

Sadr wants to make another "deal"

Sadr offers another "deal":

A top aide to Muqtada Sadr said Thursday that militiamen loyal to the rebel cleric were willing to hand over their weapons as part of a peace initiative to end fighting in Baghdad's Sadr City slum.

But he demanded in return that the fighters not be "persecuted" and that Sadr aides be released from U.S. custody.

The proposed deal, which interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi described to the National Council this week, requires government approval, and there was no immediate word from the government or U.S. military officials.

Such an accord could help calm violence between U.S. forces and Shiite Muslim rebels ahead of elections set for January, but there was no letup in attacks Thursday.


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