March 30, 2008 / 2:24 PM / 9 years ago

Iraq says military operation to continue

BAGHDAD, March 30 (Reuters) - Iraqi troops will continue their six-day-old military operation in Basra despite a call by Shi‘ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr for his followers to stop fighting, government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh said on Sunday.

"The operation in Basra will continue and will not stop until it achieves its goals. It is not targeting the Sadrists but criminals," Dabbagh told Reuters.

(Reporting by Wisam Mohammed; writing by Peter Graff; Editing by Ibon Villelabeitia)

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