Iraqi authorities say a citywide curfew aimed at stopping Shiite militia violence will be lifted today but a vehicle ban will stay in place in three Shiite militia strongholds in Baghdad — Sadr City, Kazimiyah and Shula.
The move comes three days after government officials ordered unauthorized vehicles and pedestrians off the streets as tensions escalated.
Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr says he's willing to pull fighters off the streets nationwide and is calling on the government to stop raids against his followers.
Meanwhile, a suicide car bomber killed five U.S.-backed Sunni fighters north of Baghdad yesterday.
Seven people were killed when two rocket or mortar rounds hit two houses in the downtown Baghdad neighbourhood of Karradah. The rounds were fired in the direction of the Green Zone, which houses the U.S. Embassy.