Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, just a day after some tough talk, has caved on his promise to disarm militant Iraqis. The news that the Iraqi government would no longer pursue “people who carry weapons” comes on the heels of an Iran-backed truce with rival Shiite leader Moqtada al-Sadr.
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki has ordered a stop to all operations against “people who carry weapons” in the country.
This comes a day after he promised to continue to pursue criminals and outlaws in all provinces.
Last week there was intense fighting between the Mehdi Army militia and the Iraqi security forces in Basra.