Two of Iraq's most powerful Shiite leaders form pact to end rivalry

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October 6, 2007 21:34

 
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Two of Iraq's most powerful Shiite leaders agreed on Saturday to end a bitter rivalry in a bid to end months of armed clashes and assassinations in the oil-rich south that have threatened to spread into a wider conflict. Radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr and Abdul-Aziz al-Hakim, leader of the largest Shiite political party, the Supreme Islamic Iraqi Council, promised to stop the bloodshed and enhance cooperation between their two movements. An official in al-Sadr's office in the holy city of Najaf called the agreement a "fresh start."

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