Muqtada al-Sadr in his home in Najaf (MEE/Jonathan Steele)
Mahdi army leader turned Iraqi peacemaker speaks to MEE of disbanding militias, defeating IS ... and welcoming Brexit
NAJAF, Iraq - The beard has gone grey, the eyes are less stern but, above all, his ideas have changed dramatically.
Muqtada al-Sadr, once dubbed "the radical firebrand cleric" in every Western media article that mentioned him, presents himself today, at the age of 43, as a promoter of sectarian tolerance and Iraqi national reconciliation.
In his first interview with a foreign journalist for three years, the man who created a Shia militia which fought the Americans and the British for several years of their occupation, told Middle East Eye that he wants all militias, including his own, to be disbanded.
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Update: Isis defeat in Mosul could spark 'genocide', leading cleric warns (The Independent)
WNU Editor: Coming from someone who has caused much of this division .... and whose militia has been implicated in war crimes .... it is hard to trust what he says.