Thursday, August 30, 2007

Al Sadr calls Ceasefire

Apparently, like some Democrats, he sees the political winds shifting. From Bill Roggio:

Sadr's aides were out in force, calling for the Mahdi Army to lay
down its arms. "We declare the freezing of the Mahdi Army without exception in
order to rehabilitate it in a way that will safeguard its ideological image
within a maximum period of six months starting from the day this statement is
issued," said Sheik Hazim al-Araji, an aide of Sadr, while reading a statement
from Sadr on Iraqi state television. The statement was backed up by Sadr's
spokesman. "It also includes suspending the taking up of arms against occupiers
as well as others," said Ahmed al-Shaibani, Sadr's spokesman.

Admittedly, Sadr has changed his mind before, but each time he flip-flops on fighting with the Coalition, he continues to lose face among the Iraqi's. Good object lesson there.