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Rockets hit Baghdad Green Zone
by Al Jazeera (reposted)
Thursday Mar 27th, 2008 7:39 AM
Wednesday, March 26, 2008 : Several injured as Iraqi PM says Mahdi Army fighters have 72 hours to surrender.
Several people are reported to have been injured after rockets were fired into Baghdad's heavily-fortified Green Zone, as fighting between Iraqi forces and Shia fighters spread through the Iraqi capital and the south of the country.

At least 16 rockets were fired into the Green Zone late on Wednesday following a surrender ultimatum from Iraq's prime minister to fighters in the southern city of Basra loyal to populist Shia leader Muqtada al-Sadr.

Nouri Al-Maliki said fighters from al-Sadr's Mahdi Army had 72 hours to give themselves up or would face "severe penalties".

"Those who were deceived into carry weapons must deliver themselves and make a written pledge to promise they will not repeat such action within 72 hours," he said.

Al-Maliki was speaking at an army base in Basra from where he is overseeing military operations in the city.

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§Baghdad Neighborhood Reverts to Militant Stance
by NPR (reposted) Thursday Mar 27th, 2008 7:34 AM
Thursday, March 27, 2008 : U.S. troops in a predominantly Shiite neighborhood in southwest Baghdad are seeing sporadic and unusual attacks by a Sadr-backed militia against Iraqi forces. The attacks represent a turnaround for the militia, which was once working with the national police.

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