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Confused about what’s going on in Basra? So is pretty much everyone.

For years, Shiite cleric Moktada al-Sadr’s Mahdi Army was one of the main destabilizing forces in Iraq. But last summer, he agreed to a cease fire, a move that everyone agrees has done a tremendous amount to diminish the violence in recent months. He renewed the cease fire last month.

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