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Iraq’s Sadr orders halt to attacks on U.S. troops

NAJAF, Iraq — Radical Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr ordered his followers not to launch any attacks on US troops before a year-end deadline for their withdrawal, in a statement seen on Sunday. Sadr’s remarks came just days after he backtracked on a call for popular anti-government rallies. American forces have…

Iraq’s Sadr warns of ‘war’ if U.S. presence extended

NAJAF, Iraq — A radical anti-US Shiite cleric warned of “war” if US forces stayed in Iraq beyond a year-end deadline for their withdrawal, in a brief statement viewed on Wednesday. Moqtada al-Sadr did not give any further details in the written reply to a follower’s question, released by his…

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