Iraq's Sadr calls for halt to attacks on US troops

September 11, 2011 12:33

BAGHDAD - Iraq's fiercely anti-US cleric Moqtada al-Sadr on Sunday called on his followers to suspend attacks against US troops to ensure they leave Iraq by a year-end deadline.

But he warned that if US forces do not depart on time, military operations would resume and would be "very severe.""Because of my eagerness to accomplish the independence of Iraq and have the invader forces withdraw from our holy land, it has become imperative for me to stop military operations ... until the invader forces complete their withdrawal," Sadr said in a statement read out by his spokesman Salah al-Ubaidi.

US troops are scheduled to withdraw fully by December 31, 2011.

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