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Sadr Extends Truce In Iraq

BAGHDAD, Feb. 22 -- Anti-American Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr ordered his Mahdi Army militia on Friday to extend a cease-fire for six months, a decision designed to bolster his stature and power but one that U.S. and Iraqi officials hope will also increase stability in Iraq.

By Sudarsan Raghavan and Amit R. Paley

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