BAGHDAD, March 30 -- Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr Sunday ordered his armed militia to get off the streets in Basra and to cooperate with the government to restore security. In exchange, he asked the government to release prisoners and declare an amnesty.
The Iraqi government quickly welcomed the comments as a move toward restoring calm.
"We'll stop fighting if you free all prisoners and give us amnesty."
This sounds to me as though Al-Maliki has essentially surrendered to Al-Sadr.
I'll bet Bush thinks this is good news.