Iraqi Shia forces clash in Basra - 26 Mar 08

Al Jazeera English

by Al Jazeera English

The latest violence in Iraq has put extreme pressure on a ceasefire by the Mahdi Army - a ceasefire that has been credited with reducing the violence, not just in Basra, but across the country.

The Mahdi Army announced that the ceasefire is still in place.

But for how long? Owen Fay reports.