Al-Sadr calls for 'fair' investigation

Anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr called Sunday for the Iraqi government to open a "fair" investigation into last week's deadly clashes surrounding a Shiite religious celebration in Karbala, which many have blamed on his militia.

Al-Sadr calls for 'fair' investigation
Anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr called Sunday for the Iraqi government to open a "fair" investigation into last week's deadly clashes surrounding a Shiite religious celebration in Karbala, which many have blamed on his militia.

Al-Sadr's followers threatened to take unspecified measures if the government refuses the demand. They also warned they would halt a six-month suspension of Mahdi Army attacks if U.S. and Iraqi forces continue operations against militia members.

Al-Sadr announced the surprise six-month suspension of Mahdi Army activities last Wednesday following the Karbala bloodshed, which saw more than 50 people killed and hundreds injured, in an apparent bid to deflect criticism.

Security officials said the trouble started when members of al-Sadr's Mahdi Army confronted mosque guards affiliated with the Badr Organization, allied with the Supreme Islamic Council of Iraq.

Al-Sadr, who has denied that the Mahdi Army provoked the confrontation, urged an investigation and added a threat to take matters into his own hands if the government does not act.

AP
Last Mod: 02 Eylül 2007, 14:56
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