Sadr freezes Mahdi Army activities

Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has ordered a six-month suspension of activities by his Mahdi Army in order to reorganize the force, an aide said Wednesday.

Sadr freezes Mahdi Army activities
Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has ordered a six-month suspension of activities by his Mahdi Army in order to reorganize the force, an aide said Wednesday.

The aide, Sheik Hazim al-Araji, said on Iraqi state television that the goal was to "rehabilitate" the organization, which has reportedly broken into factions.

"We declare the freezing of the Mahdi Army without exception in order to rehabilitate it in a way that will safeguard its ideological image within a maximum period of six months starting from the day this statement is issued," al-Araji said, reading from a statement by al-Sadr.

AP
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