Thursday, August 30, 2007


Al-Sadr calls for halt to attacks on other party offices

Politics, Security
(Voices of Iraq) - In a statement released on Wednesday, Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr urged his followers not to target the offices of the Supreme Islamic Iraqi Council (SIIC) and to protect the headquarters of all political parties. "We call on all Sadrists to observe self-restraint, to help security forces control the situation and arrest the perpetrators and sedition mongers, and urge them to end all forms of armament in the sacred city," according to the statement that was read out by al-Sadr's top aide Hazem al-Araji in the holy city of Najaf.
"We call on Sadrists not to target the offices of political parties all over Iraq and the SIIC's offices in Sadr city in particular," the statement indicated. The statement comes after five SIIC's offices in Baghdad and Babel were attacked and burnt in the past two days. The SIIC is led by Abdul Aziz al-Hakim, who is also the head of the Shiite Unified Iraqi Coalition (UIC), the largest parliamentary bloc with a total of 113 seats in the 275-member parliament. Najaf is located 180 km south of Baghdad.

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