January 8, 2013

Maliki's Dangerous Sectarian Game in Iraq

Ranj Alaaldin, The National

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In the decades that followed, the Shia were increasingly and violently oppressed under Iraq's Baath regime and its dictatorial leader, Saddam Hussein.

Now, almost 50 years later, the tables have turned, and Iraq's Sunni population is complaining - peacefully and violently - of being excluded and discriminated against.

About 60,000 were in the streets of the Anbar city of Fallujah on Friday. Recent weeks have seen many such protests, in Anbar and across the primarily Sunni provinces of the north, the region that formed the heart of the Sunni insurgency after Hussein was deposed.

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TAGGED: Shiite, Sunnis, Iraq, Nouri al-Maliki


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