When Al Sadr
fled from Iraq in 2007, he moved to Iran to start a new round of religious studies and he appeared to be building a personal position of increased religious authority to promote his views that Iraq needed an "Islamic democracy", as he worked towards his own Iraqi nationalist vision.
For their part, Al-Jazeera delegation thanked Al Sadr
for giving them the opportunity to meet.
The fighting eased last Sunday after Al Sadr
ordered his men off the streets and called on the Iraqi government to end its attacks.
Last night insurgents loyal to al Sadr
vowed: "If the occupying forces insist on fighting, we will defend the city until the last drop of our blood" The warning came on the third day of fighting in Najaf in which the US claim to have killed over 300 rebels, with the loss of three American soldiers.
Wearing a funeral shroud as if to invite martyrdom, Al Sadr
castigates the US occupation of Iraq and denounces those Iraqis cooperating with the Americans.
backed Al Maliki four years ago in Iraq's 2006 elections and helped to win him the premiership.
It was common for the Mehdi Army in Al Sadr
City to use homes to interrogate their enemies but these days the houses have turned into food stores.
The local newspaper Al Itihad reports an information disclosed by the sources close to theologian Muqtada Al Sadr
which says he is stabbed by one of his office members after a quarrel over his authorities, and the injury is not dangerous.
The answer as to why raise the issues of Al Sadr
and the Sunni triangle, now, is to do with the June 30 deadline.
Baghdad: Thousands of Mahdi Army fighters of Shiite leader Moqtada Al Sadr
, have decided to conceal their weapons rather than hand them over to the Iraqi government in Al Sadr
city, officials in the Mahdi army said.
The militant Shiite theologian Al Sadr
whose uprising last April left hundreds dead, pledges to resist "oppression and occupation" and calls Allawi's government "illegitimate".
The one-week war between Al Mahdi militia and the Iraqi government, has left more than 270 people dead in Al Sadr
City, Basra and Karbala.