Sadr City Celebrates Lifting of Blockade as Premier Asserts Authority

  1. Iraq Tells U.S. to Quit Checkpoints

    Sadr City Celebrates Lifting of Blockade as Premier Asserts Authority

    BAGHDAD, Oct. 31 -- American soldiers rolled up their barbed-wire barricades and lifted a near siege of the largest Shiite Muslim enclave in Baghdad on Tuesday, heeding the orders of a Shiite-led Iraqi government whose assertion of sovereignty had Shiites celebrating in the streets.

    The order by Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to lift the week-old blockade of Sadr City was one of the most overt expressions of self-determination by Iraqi leaders in the 3 1/2 -year-old U.S. occupation. It followed two weeks of increasingly pointed exchanges between Iraqi and U.S. officials, as well as a video conference between Maliki and President Bush on Saturday...

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  3. by   VeryPlainJane
    A reporter ask rumsfeld about what was happing in Sadr and how he felt about it....rumsfeld said he didn't know what was going on! omg

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