About Shiite, Sunni groups sign joint pact for US withdrawal timetable
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Shiite, Sunni groups sign joint pact for US withdrawal timetable info
BAGHDAD, Iraq - (AP) A group of Shiite and Sunni parties signed a
declaration Thursday condemning terrorism, urging a timetable for the end of
the U.S. military presence, and vowing never to normalize relations with
The parties to the "code of honor" included followers of radical
Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Chalabi, Prime
Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari, the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution
in Iraq and the Sunni Iraqi Consensus Front.
The code also declared that resistance is a legitimate right and
condemned "terrorism, violence, murder and kidnappings."
The code is non-binding but it indicates what parties might choose
to work together after the new parliament is elected next week.
Officials said al-Sadr was the driving figure behind the pact.