September 5, 2012

Sunni-Shia Divide Flares Again

Hassan Hassan, The National

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After the Arab revolts that swept the region last year, the Sunni-Shia rift widened to worrying levels as different countries and peoples in the region chose sides based on sectarian lines in the popular protests in Bahrain and Syria, the sectarian strife in Lebanon, and Iraq's political crisis. The same sectarian sentiments are now creeping slowly into other countries, including Egypt and beyond. These increasing communal tensions are one of the products of the 2003 war in Iraq and the sectarian violence that followed, but they are also rooted in history.

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TAGGED: Middle East, Shiite, Sunni

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