Al-Sadr Preaches Peace — But Not Toward U.S.

Urges Iraqis to unite against "occupiers"
By Caroline Miller,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 8, 2007 5:56 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Firebrand cleric Muqtada al-Sadr called on Iraqis Sunday to stop killing each other—and join together to rid their country of Americans. On the eve of the fourth anniversary of the fall of Baghdad, he urged both Iraqi forces and insurgents to direct their fight against "the occupiers," CNN reported.

"My brothers in the Mehdi Army and my brothers in the Iraqi security forces, stop fighting each other. This will be an accomplishment in our enemy's scheme." Al-Sadr called for massive anti-American demonstrations tomorrow in Najaf, an al-Sadr stronghold and a Shiite hub.