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Sunday, December 24, 2006

Al Sadr Exerting Political Clout in Shiite Community

Courtesy of CBN News, December 21, 2006

Associated Press
Watch Video - He's been called "the most dangerous man in Iraq."

Now, the radical Shiite militia leader Muqtada al-Sadr is considering a cease-fire.

Al-Sadr met with other Shiite leaders Thursday.

They're asking him to rejoin the political process. His supporters pulled out of the political process three weeks ago, after al-Maliki met with President Bush in Jordan.

Al-Sadr is the commander of the Mahdi army - that's the brutal militia behind much of the sectarian violence.

Until the walkout, al-Sadr's faction had been an integral part of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's governing coalition.

Observers hope any agreement on al-Sadr's part will curb the bloodshed in the country.

Sources: CBN News, Associated Press

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