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Sects slice up Iraq as US troops 'surge' misfires

Discussion in '2007 Archive' started by KenH, Mar 5, 2007.

  1. KenH

    KenH Active Member

    May 18, 2002
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    Sects slice up Iraq as US troops 'surge' misfires ​

    Peter Beaumont in Baghdad
    Sunday March 4, 2007​


    Ahmad Hamad al-Tammimi used to live in the village of Quba. Before Iraq descended into sectarian war it was home to around 700 families. The vast majority were Sunnis. Tammimi, spiritual head of Diyala province's Shias and a follower of Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, Iraq's most important religious leader, was the imam at the local mosque. He farmed groves of date palms and oranges close to the Diyala river. That was then. He has not seen his house, his farm or old mosque for close to two years.

    'I get my information from a moderate Sunni family that lives in Quba,' he said. 'There is another family in my house. A Sunni family. Other people have taken over my groves. People from outside the village. Now I hear they have allowed my plants to dry up and wither.'

    The Shias have left Quba, pushed out of their homes over two years of gradual, deadly ethnic cleansing that is now almost complete. Sectarian deaths are decreasing because there are few people left available to kill.

    - rest at http://observer.guardian.co.uk/print/0,,329734148-119093,00.html
  2. Daisy

    Daisy New Member

    Apr 1, 2003
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    It only seems a matter of time (and blood) before partition.
  3. NiteShift

    NiteShift New Member

    Jul 9, 2005
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    After only three weeks the surge is now proclaimed to be a "misfire"?

    "Meanwhile Iraqi and American forces are increasing their presence in and around Sadr city. Today hundreds of American and Iraqi solders swept through Jamila district just north of Sadr city. They searched homes and shops without meeting any resistance.....

    Violent incidents are still decreasing in number and impact in Baghdad. Yesterday for instance the only reported incident was the abduction of an adviser to the minister of defense by gunmen in western Baghdad. It was less than 24 hours until the security forces succeeded in freeing the abducted general and arresting 4 of his captors."