Iraq Rebels Hand in Arms, Leave Najaf Shrine

(Reuters) Shi'ite rebels began handing in weapons and leaving a holy shrine on Friday in Iraq's Najaf, tossing AK-47 assault rifles and mortar launchers into wooden carts near the sacred Imam Ali mosque after mosque loudspeaker announcements gave the order from renegade cleric Moqtada al-Sadr to disarm and leave the shrine. "We will support whatever Ayatollah Sistani and Sayyed Moqtada have agreed. But we will still slit the throats of the Americans," said one militiaman.

2004-08-27 00:00:00

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