Since emerging as a powerful heavyweight in the nationwide uprising against the United States after the 2003 invasion, Al Sadr
has been a pivotal player in Iraqi politics.
But it made clear that al Sadr
a former militia leader who has refashioned himself as an anti-corruption crusader remains a force to be reckoned with.
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.
Refugiado en la ciudad santa de Nayaf, cercado --hasta el jueves 15-- por 2 mil S00 soldados de las fuerzas de la coalicion, Al Sadr
dice estar dispuesto a negociar.
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.
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.
By Combined news reports Press reports indicated Wednesday that Muslim Cleric Muqtada Al Sadr
has accepted a peace plan drafted by the Iraqi National Conference, which would include laying down arms and withdrawing his militia from a holy shrine in the city of Najaf.
Having won more than 39 parliamentary seats, Al Sadr
has emerged as a kingmaker.
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.
Baghdad: Just a few months ago the Mehdi Army of Shiite cleric Moqtada Al Sadr
was an armed force with significant sway, but the militia's fighters have since put away their guns and identified a purely humanitarian mission for themselves among ordinary Iraqis.