Anti-Western militia leader Moqtada al-Sadr holds balance of power | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Anti-Western militia leader Moqtada al-Sadr holds balance of power

The main issue to be negotiated is whether the Sadrists would be allowed to run their own militia while part of a government. Mr Allawi and Mr al-Maliki are believed to have demanded that al-Mahdi Army and its related groups be dissolved.

The core support for the Sadrist movement comes from poor Shias in Baghdad and the south. At the March 7 election — the results of which have still not been fully released because of counting disputes — the Sadrists formed an alliance with the Islamic Supreme Council but then took about three times as many seats. This shift in Shia support could transform politics as pragmatists are edged out by a more anti-American organisation.

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It is interesting to note that Al-Sadr has very close ties to Iran.

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