Al-Sadr praised for extending cease-fire (AP)

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AP - Powerful Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr opted Friday to keep the cease-fire order for his Mahdi Army militia in place for another six months, a step that will hold down U.S. and Iraqi casualties while bolstering al-Sadr's importance as a political player as Iraqi factions jostle for power.

yeah, whatever. only delays the inevitable. he becomes a Iatollah and hense untouchable and the whole thing blows up in our face.