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March 30, 2008

Sadr Offers Truce In Basra

Things change fast in Iraq.

BAGHDAD - The Iraqi government has welcomed an order by Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr to pull his fighters off the streets.

Government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh told Iraqi state TV in an interview that the decision is "positive and responsive.

...Al-Sadr also called on the government to stop what he calls haphazard raids and release security detainees who haven't been charged.

It's clearly too soon to tell what this means. Sadr (well, his Iranian masters) could be playing some deep games here or they are getting their ass kicked or something else.

Personally, I thought this was an effort to piss in the soup ahead of Petraeus' upcoming testimony in Washington. If it was, did they miscalculate or think they made their point?

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