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Shiite group agrees to renounce violence in Iraq

Shiite group agrees to renounce violence in Iraq

A government adviser says an extremist Shiite group believed to be responsible for the killing of five American soldiers in a bold raid south of Baghdad and the kidnapping of five British men has agreed to renounce violence.
Senior government adviser Sami al-Askari says the agreement was reached during a weekend meeting between Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and representatives of Asaib Ahl al-Haq, or League of the Righteous.
U.S. officials have alleged the group is backed by Iran and refuses to adhere to a cease-fire called by radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr.
Al-Askari said Monday that the group agreed to lay down its weapons and the government promised to try to obtain the release of members in U.S. detention.


Updated : 2021-10-21 19:42 GMT+08:00