As always Cernig has the most thorough rundown of developments in Iraq. Go read.
Meanwhile, I have a couple of questions for the people who think that Sadr lost something.
* Which goal did Maliki accomplish? Did the JAM disarm, lose territory, surrender any leaders? Unless you count retreating to Baghdad, watching his most disciplined combat division disgraced or releasing Sadrist prisoners en masse as “goals” it is hard to see where Maliki came out ahead.
* Sadr issued a list of demands and Maliki accepted. Presumably if Maliki’s government wasn’t getting violated over a barrel it would have its own list of demands. What were they? Did Sadr accept?
Prompt reply appreciated.