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Rockets Hit Baghdad Hotel - 2004-10-08


At least two rockets slammed into a Baghdad hotel used by journalists and foreign contractors Thursday.

Iraqi officials say no one was killed or seriously wounded in the attack on the Sheraton Hotel. Police found a truck they say was used to launch Russian-made Katyusha rockets.

The attack followed a peace offer from a top aide to radical Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr.

The cleric's spokesman, Ali Smeisem, announced on Arabic television al-Arabiyah Thursday that Shi'ite militiamen would hand over weapons and turn over the Sadr City to police if the government stops pursuing militia members and releases others who are in jail.

An Iraqi interior ministry official, Sabah Kadhim, told VOA the interim government has accepted the offer without any negotiation, because it has demanded all along that the militia disarm.

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