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Des Moines Sunday Register GC Sunday, October 10, 2004 Page 21 A Shiite olmn's militia to hetfin ' VAVX XV J.XJUULXVJ.W WV- fT -rJJL. surrendering weapons in Iraq I - " ' '.' ) mih 1 ' b ...... urn n .n...u .! , ..u ..a.) ii, -inn ii- VETERAN EX-IRS AGENTS & TAX PROFESSIONALS Clients Never Meet with the IRS - Settle for Pennies on the Dollar - Written Guarantee Free Tax Settlement Analysis: Confidential Interview In Our Local Office 800-376-7184 Free "Insider" Report: "How to End IRS Problems Forever!" 877-451-9111 Totl-FrM I Toll-frte 24 Hour Recorded Uastge K JK Harris & Company Des Moines (475 Offices Nationwide) Sunni unrest flares in "...the (Nation's) most successful tax-resolution company." -The Wall Street Journal "I '! G several cities, however, and the search continues for the body of a slain hostage. By RAWYA RAGEH ASSOCIATED PRESS Baghdad, Iraq Shiite militiamen loyal to radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr agreed Saturday to begin handing in weapons, a key step toward restoring order in Baghdad's Sadr City slum as the interim government struggles to curb Iraq's wider Surtni insurgency. In a sign of persistent Sunni unrest, clashes flared in several cities as the search continued for the body of British hostage Kenneth Bigley, who was decapitated by his abductors. Sporadic explosions could be heard late Saturday near the Tigris River around an area where U.S. troops and Sunni insurgents have clashed. Interim Prime Minister Ayad Allawi's government hopes to quiet insurgent enclaves before legislative elections planned for January. US. and Iraqi officials have been negotiating for weeks with tribal and religious leaders in key rebel strongholds but have said they are prepared to use force if talks fail, as they did recently in Samarra. Ali Smeisem, an al-Sadr aide, said the Mahdi Army militia would begin turning in weapons at three Baghdad police stations Monday in an operation expected to last five days. The minister in charge of national security, Qassem Dawoud, told Al-Arabiya television that once officials verify the weapons transfer is complete, they will begin compensating people who lost property during the fighting and financing reconstruction projects. Iraqi police and soldiers will keep order in the Shiite district, he added. Al-Sadr's movement still wants guarantees the government will stop pursuing members and release the cleric's detained followers but is willing to wait for a deal on those points, Smeisem said. lr v." r l .. . . '37 - JOHN MOOREASSOCIATED PRESS Relief: A U.S. soldier gives water to an Iraqi detainee Saturday after a search operation in Baghdad's Sadr City neighborhood. Soldiers said the detainee tested positive for explosive residue on his hands. So far, al-Sadr has not pledged to disband his militia. But U.S. and Iraqi authorities are eager to end the clashes in the Shiite stronghold so they can concentrate on suppressing the Sunni insurgency. On that front, government and tribal negotiators have reported progress in talks aimed at restoring state control over Fallujah, 40 miles west of Baghdad. The city, believed to be a stronghold of the Tawhid and Jihad group, has been subjected to weeks of US. airstrikes. Clashes broke out Saturday in Ramadi, another center of Sunni resistance west of Fallujah. US. troops traded gunfire with insurgents in at least three neighborhoods of the city 70 miles west of Baghdad, residents said. At least one Iraqi was killed and five were hurt, the city hospital said. The US. military had no immediate information on the fighting. About six miles east of Ramadi, U.S. death toll As of Friday, 1 ,064 members of the U.S. military have died since the beginning of the Iraq war in March 2003, according to the Defense Department. Of those, 809 died as a result of hostile action and 255 died of nonhostile causes. The figures include three military civilians. Since May 1, 2003, when President Bush declared that major combat operations in Iraq had ended, 926 U.S. military members have died 700 as a result of hostile action and 226 of nonhostile causes. a car bomb exploded as an American convoy drove on the road toward Baghdad, police said. One Humvee was damaged, but no casualties were reported, police 1st Lt. Ahmed al-Dulaimi said. Insurgents fired a rocket-propelled grenade at a US. patrol near Tikrit, 80 miles north of Baghdad, disabling a Humvee in an area that has been peaceful in recent months, the military said. There were no casualties. 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