Al-Sadr threatens ‘open war’ with Iraq government

April 20th, 2008 - 7:13 am ICT by admin  

Baghdad, April 20 (DPA) Radical Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr has threatened “open war” with the Iraqi government if the security forces continue to attack members of his militia. Al-Sadr late Saturday said his statement was a “last warning” to the government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, according to media reports. He urged al-Maliki to choose a “path of peace”.

The comments came after clashes broke out Saturday between joint Iraqi-US forces and members of al-Sadr’s Mahdi Army in Baghdad and in the Hayaniya district of Basra in southern Iraq.

Witnesses reported casualties but there were no reliable figures available.

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