Tyre resident Mustafa Nasser said the people of south Lebanon will never forget Sadr
because he cared so much for the country.
"usually backs out of the political limelight when he is physically threatened" or "when the Sadrist movement has to do something politically expedient that Sadr
wants to disassociate from," said Michael Knights, a fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.
also referred to the premier as a "dictator" hungry for acclaim, and accused him of wanting to postpone or cancel elections.
For his part, Sadr
has subtly softened his stance regarding the US, though he remains deeply committed to his vow to see American troops end their occupation of Iraq.
Libyan denials notwithstanding -- and though no one really revealed what happened to Mousa Sadr
and his six fellow travellers -- it was widely believed that the immensely popular Lebanese cleric was kidnapped and killed on the orders of senior Libyan officials.
The fighting in Sadr
City was one front of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's crackdown on defiant Shiite militias.
The agreement contains 14 points representing the government's vision to end public displays of arms, clean Sadr
City of bombs, and enforce law in Sadr
City," a government spokesman said.
We will stop the fire, stop displaying arms in public and open all the roads leading to Sadr
City," Obeidi said.
Fighting in Sadr
City and the crackdown in Basra are part of a government campaign against Al-Sadr
's followers and Iranian-backed Shi'ite splinter groups that the US has sees as the gravest threat to a democratic Iraq.
Current (1) has a successful propaganda machine aimed at legitimizing and empowering itself through subversive and destructive means and must be stopped for us to be successful.
is studying Ja'fari theology in Najaf, having just renewed a six-month ceasefire and suspended the operations of his JaM.
publicly courts anti-US Sunni nationalists while his Jaysh al-Mahdi militia kills Sunni Arabs.