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Tuesday, August 17, 2004

BBC News > Iraqi peace team to go to Najaf

An Iraqi delegation is heading to the city of Najaf on Tuesday to try to end a stand-off between US-led forces and supporters of Shia cleric Moqtada Sadr.
Religious and political leaders have voted to send about 50 delegates to the holy city to persuade Mr Sadr to call off his fighters.

A spokesman for Mr Sadr said he was ready to discuss any peace initiative.

The uprising in Najaf has dominated the national conference in Baghdad, which is meeting to elect an interim council.

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