His name is Moqtada al Sadr. He has been a thorn in the side of the US and the Iraq government since the successful invasion.
The time has come for the USA to continue the withdrawal of troops from Iraq since, in reality the “war” is well and truly over, but there remains a problem with stability. That problem can be summed up as Moqtada al Sadr.
This “imam” is an ally of Iran. I refuse to call him a cleric because that is a title reserved for Christian priests, and these Islamic imams, especially of the type like Moqtada al Sadr do not act priestly and their role is not that of a priest, who offers sacrifice. If he was successful in taking over in Iraq then this would spell the end of any democracy in that country because this man would ensure that there was an alliance with Iran and that the Grand Pooh-bah of Iran was the “Supreme Ruler”.
The dangers are quite obvious. The Iraqi government wants the USA troops to stay longer, but if they stay Moqtada al Sadr has promised an increase in hostility. There will be more bombings.
We hear all the time about how it is in the Koran that Muslims must not kill each other, but there is an over-riding clause. They must belong to the same sect. In other words a Sunni can kill an Shiite, and vice-versa, and both of them kill members of the other sects such as the Sufi etc. etc.