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maddezmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 08:25 AM
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Rebel Shi'ite Cleric Declares Two-Day Najaf Truce
NAJAF, Iraq (Reuters) - Rebel Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr has declared a two-day cease-fire in Iraq's holy city of Najaf, his spokesman said Sunday.
Qays al-Khazali told a news conference that Sadr's Mehdi Army militia would halt military operations in and around Najaf during commemorations for the anniversary of the Prophet Mohammad's death. These take place Monday and Tuesday.

But Khazali also struck a defiant note. "The Americans are escalating the situation and the Mehdi Army is ready," he said.

About 2,500 U.S. troops have been poised on the outskirts of Najaf for several days, with orders to kill or capture Sadr, whose militia staged an anti-U.S. revolt earlier this month.

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more: http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews...
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0007 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 08:39 AM
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1. Did the Americans agree to a two-day cease fire?
Another question. What's the difference between a hostage and a POW?
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maddezmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 08:58 AM
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3. haven't heard confirmation on the 1st question
and on the 2nd...got me.
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SoCalDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 08:42 AM
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2. I always find it "odd" that wars "stop" for religious holidays
Edited on Sun Apr-18-04 08:43 AM by SoCalDem
Especially religious wars :eyes:
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acmavm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 09:06 AM
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4. They called 'time out' in Viet Nam during Christmas every year I
Edited on Sun Apr-18-04 09:08 AM by acmavm
seem to remember. I think the average time that the truce lasted was about 30 seconds. Or maybe it was some Vietnamese holiday, whatever. Anyway point is, if this one lasts without someone doing something stupid, I'll be surprised.
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TahitiNut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 10:05 AM
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5. Hostilities ceased during Tet, too. (Until 1968.)
:shrug:

Vung Tau was an in-country R&R center ... for both the US and VC. It was fairly common knowledge that personnel from both sides were there. The various intelligence organizations were quite active in Vung Tau.
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bemildred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 10:35 AM
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6. He's picked up one of the tricks.
Edited on Sun Apr-18-04 10:35 AM by bemildred
Learns fast he does.
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