Monday, October 11, 2004

Iraq Shite Milita Hands Over Weapons

The Iraqi government has made an agreement with the Radical Shite cleric Moqtada Sadr`s militia to slowly turn over weapons. This agreement came after a bloody six months which has devestated Sadr City which is home to 2.5 million people. The agreement is described as a loose verbal pact between both sides. There will be a a five-day test period for weapons surrender after which the Iraqi army will move in and patrol Sadr City, where the Shiite militia has ruled by the gun for months, while the government has offered to free some detained Sadr supporters. At one station in the district there has been a surrender of about a dozen machine guns, 12 mortar rounds, 38 mortar launchers and a sniper rifle. The U.S. and Iraqi government hope this will lead to the end of resistance in Sadr so they can concentrate on other areas such as Fallujah where violent resistance continues. The iraqi government has promised 500 million dollars for the rebuilding of Sadr, 150 million dollars coming from the United States.