Al-Sadr threatens to end cease-fire

Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has threatened to lift a six-month cease-fire by the end of the week, a spokesman and another official said Wednesday.

Al-Sadr threatens to end cease-fire
Sheik Salah al-Obeidi, a spokesman for al-Sadr in Najaf, said that if the cleric failed to issue a statement by Saturday extending the cease-fire, "then that means the freeze is over." Al-Sadr's Mahdi Army is among the most powerful in Iraq.

According to al-Obeidi, this "has been conveyed to all Mahdi Army members nationwide." The threat was confirmed by another al-Sadr official, who asked not to be named because he was not authorized to speak to the media.

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