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  Najaf peace deal 'going to plan'
Updated 27 August 2004, 15.33
US troops have been pulling out
A peace deal to end weeks of fighting in the Iraqi city of Najaf appears to be going to plan after fighters left the mosque they were using as a base.

The fighters, followers of the Shia preacher Moqtada Sadr, had been locked in battles with US-led forces.

The peace talks were led by Iraq's top Shia leader Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani.

Mr Sadr was reported to have handed over the keys to the mosque. Speakers were broadcasting a message from him, telling his fighters to leave the area.

Ayatollah Sistani
Ayatollah Sistani

Dozens of fighters were seen piling their weapons on to carts.

Reports said US forces had withdrawn from the area around the mosque. Under the deal, they must leave the city altogether.

The peace talks came hours after 110 people died in a bombing at a mosque in a place called Kufa, near Najaf.

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