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May 28, 2004
Release Number: 04-05-54


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


POSSIBLE PEACE DEAL REACHED IN AN NAJAF

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Coalition forces are prepared to suspend offensive operations in An Najaf and reposition to bases outside the city as part of an agreement brokered between Muqtada al-Sadr and Shi'ite members of the Iraqi Governing Council May 27.

The deal, spelled out in a letter from Muqtada to the members, promises the withdrawal of his forces from the city and discussion on the dissolution of the militia as a whole.

Until the withdrawal of militia forces and the return of legitimate civil authorities such as the Iraqi Police Service and Iraqi Civil Defense Corps, Coalition forces will continue to provide security by carrying out presence patrols but will suspend offensive operations.

At all times, Coalition forces will retain the inherent right of self-defense.

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