Draconian rules for Iraq

BAGHDAD - Iraq imposed draconian new security rules on its war-torn capital yesterday amid controversy over the whereabouts of radical cleric Moqtada al-Sadr.

BAGHDAD - Iraq imposed draconian new security rules on its war-torn capital yesterday amid controversy over the whereabouts of radical cleric Moqtada al-Sadr.

The US military claims that the leader of the Shiite militia, accused of attacking Sunni civilians and US troops, travelled to Tehran last month.

But the firebrand's aides have dismissed the allegations and say al-Sadr supports the new Baghdad security plan. - Sapa-AFP

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