The destruction of a Shiite shrine in the city of Samarra and reprisals by Shiites against the Sunni minority since, have sharply raised the fear of civil war in Iraq.
Iraq cancels all leave for the police and army and minority Sunni political leaders pull out of US-backed talks on forming a national unity government, accusing the ruling Shiites of fomenting dozens of attacks on Sunni mosques
Gunmen have shot dead 130 people in two days of sectarian violence in Iraq after the bombing of a revered Shiite shrine, prompting renewed political paralysis and warnings of civil war.The spiralling
Last week I attended a meeting on the subject of Iraq and its neighbors held in Athens by an American institute. The Iraqis taking part in the event included a minister, a deputy minister, many Shiite intellectuals and politicians, a low-ranking Sunni and a high-ranking Kurd. In addition to our delegation, representatives of Saudi Arabian, Kuwaiti, Jordanian and Iranian think tanks were invited.
Some Sunni mosques are damaged in revenge attacks, Shiite militiamen post themselves on streets and Iraq's senior Shiite cleric calls for peaceful protests while Iraq's national security adviser accuses al-Qaeda-inspired Sunni militants of blasting the Shiite shrine to foment civil war
A bomb attack on Wednesday destroyed the dome of one of the world's holiest Shiite shrines, prompting reprisal attacks against 27 Sunni mosques in Baghdad that left six people dead. The
Turkey strongly condemned the bombing of an Iraqi Shiite holy shrine on Wednesday, but called on Iraqi Shiite Muslims to restrain from revenge. In a statement issued by the Turkish Foreign Ministry said that the aim of those who were staging terrorist attacks was to launch a sectarian and ethnic conflict.
In theory, the Republicans in Washington and the pragmatist-Islamists in Ankara could be perfect allies -- they share common methodology. In practice, they are not. Blame it on ideology.
Speaking after talks with British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw, who echoes the US call for a government of national unity in Iraq, the normally calm and diplomatic Jaafari, a Shiite Islamist, says Iraq knows its own best interests
The violence reminds Iraqi politicians of the security crisis they will face after forming a new government, a process that has yet to kick off more than two months after elections that Washington had hoped would ease sectarian strife
Sadr's stand could give political ammunition to Iraq's Arab Sunnis, who want major amendments to a charter they fear will give Shiites and Kurds too much power and control over oil resources
Sectarian tensions have been fuelled in part by debate over the constitution. The Sunni minority want amendments made to sections on federalism they fear give Shiites and Kurds too much power and control of Iraq's oil richesA strong central government may be what Jaafari needs to help stabilize the country. But it may not be possible under the existing constitution
Iraq probes capture of possible 'death squad' teamBAGHDAD - ReutersThe U.S. military said on Thursday it had uncovered a death squad operating from Iraq's Shi'ite-run Interior Ministry and targeting Sunni Muslims, and said the Interior Ministry was
Syria's Lebanese foes say Tuesday's rally would revive a campaign to force pro-Syrian President Emile Lahoud to quit and to punish those behind the truck bombing that killed Hariri
The last time we ended on the note: 'It appears that before one sets off to try to make civilizations and/or religions meet in the global arena, one needs to make them meet first on this land.' Let’s leave the civilizations aside for now and see how we stand on other religions. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, in the letter he sent to the seven corners of the world, claims: 'These unfortunate events have created tension almost bounding to polarization between East and West and between the Islamic and Christian worlds as never before seen in recent times. … The minimum prerequisite of harmonious coexistence is that different civilizations and traditions recognize and mutually respect each other's cultural differences.'
In another development, Iraq's Sunni leaders express disappointment at a decision by the ruling Shiite bloc to keep Jaafari as prime minister
Kurdish leaders disappointed with the selection of Jaafari for second term as İraqi prime minister
The alliance met on Saturday to choose between the two contenders -- current Prime Minister Ibrahim Jaafari and Vice President Adel Abdel Mahdi -- but was unable to reach an agreement
Iraq, already hit by rebel attacks on pipelines, is losing out on millions of dollars to smugglers who are shipping oil and fuel to Iran and other Gulf states as some government officials turn a blind eye, oil officials say.
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