Iraqi government, al-Sadr agree to stop fighting in Sadr City
The Iraqi government and the Shiite al-Sadr movement agreed Saturday to quit the intense fighting that continued since March 25 in Baghdad's Shiite Sadr City, media reports said.
However, Al-Arabiya news channel said gunfire was still heard in the Shiite enclave, despite the agreement between the government and Sadrists to stop the armed clashes, reported dpa.
Iraq's Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki has launched a security offensive codenamed Charges of the Knights against militiamen of Mahdi army loyal to radical Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr.
Thousands were killed and wounded during the clashes that lasted for two months in Sadr City, eastern Baghdad.