Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr ordered his fighters to put down their weapons on Sunday following a week of violent clashes. This comes after ongoing fighting escalated between Shi'ite militias and Iraqi and U.S. forces. Experts discuss the situation in the southern port city of Basra.
Guy Raz, NPR's defense correspondent
Michael Hirsh, senior editor, Newsweek magazine
Rend Rahim, fellow at the United States Institute of Peace; executive director of the Iraq Foundation