Al-Sistani asked al-Mahdi army to give in weapons to the government,” the Shiite official said.VOIPrivate armies are the bane of any fledging government's struggle for power and legitimacy with citizens and this nutjob should have been cracked a long time ago. No matter. Apparently, Maliki now has Sadr on the ropes with legislation that will prevent political parties with private armies from participating in the election process. Color me duh.
We have opened the door for confrontation, a real confrontation with these gangs, and we will not stop until we are in full control of these areas," Maliki.
Ok Rocky, next we will have to see if Maliki has the moral courage of his convictions.