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US military pays 1.3 million dollars for weapons in Sadr City

BAGHDAD (AFP) May 22, 2004
The US military has paid out 1.3 million dollars to residents of Baghdad's restive Shiite Muslim district of Sadr City for turning in thousands of weapons and ammunition rounds, a top general said Saturday.
Nearly 4,000 Kalashnikov assault rifles and machine-guns, some 9,000 mortars and rockets, 2,460 grenades rocket-propelled grenade launchers and artillery rounds were turned in during the arms amnesty which ended Friday, Brigadier General Mark Kimmitt said.

Kimmitt added that a deal to halt combat patrols by the US-led coalition in the district for five days had collapsed due to continued attacks in the teeming slum, a stronghold of radical cleric Moqtada Sadr, who is waging an uprising.

The agreement was brokered three days ago with tribal leaders, Kimmitt added.


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