- Title: IRAQ: NAJAF REMAINS TENSE AFTER SADR AGREES TO END UPRISING.
- Date: 19th August 2004
- Summary: (U6) NAJAF, IRAQ (AUGUST 18, 2004) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. GV: SUNSET OVER ROAD OUTSIDE NAJAF 0.06 2. GV: POLICE VEHICLE ARRIVING AT HOUSE HIT BY MORTARS 0.09 3. MV/CU: BLOOD ON FLOOR, WOMAN CRYING; CHILD CRYING; BLOOD ON FLOOR SEEN THROUGH SCREEN DOOR (6 SHOTS) 0.39 4. GV/CU/MV: DAMAGE TO BRICKWORK, RUBBLE ON GROUND (3 SHOTS) 0.52 5. GV: POLICE VEHICLES OUTSIDE HOUSE (2 SHOTS) 1.04 6. MV/CU: WOUNDED IN HOSPITAL BEING TREATED BY MEDICS (5 SHOTS) 1.25 7. GV: PEOPLE GATHERED IN HOSPITAL CORRIDOR 1.29 8. TV: NIGHT VIEWS OF EMPTY STREETS (2 SHOTS) 1.38 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
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- Location: NAJAF, IRAQ
- Country: Iraq
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- Story Text: Najaf tense after Iraqi Shi'ite cleric Moqtada
al-Sadr agrees to end uprising in the holy city.
Iraqi Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr agreed on
Wednesday (August 18) to end an uprising in the holy city
of Najaf and leave a shrine from where his militia has
fought U.S. forces for nearly two weeks, one of his
"Yes, Sayyed Moqtada has agreed to the demands," Sheikh
Mahmoud al-Sudani told Reuters, without repeating in full
the demands to which Sadr had agreed.
The other demands, conveyed on Tuesday (August 17) by
delegates meeting in Baghdad to select an interim national
assembly, were for the radical cleric to disarm his Mehdi
Army and join the country's political process.
But the fighting appeared to be continuing.
One man was wounded when a U.S. mortar attack destroyed
Continued gunfire and explosions echoed across the city
as the reports came out and U.S. tanks were still on
streets near the old city.
Delegates at the assembly read out a letter from Sadr's
office in Baghdad saying he had agreed to back down and
leave the Imam Ali Mosque in the southern city.
Earlier, Iraq's defence minister gave the militiamen
hours to surrender, warning that troops were preparing for
a major assault to "teach them a lesson they will never
Hundreds have died in the fighting.
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