Maliki’s heavily guarded convoy was pelted with stones and with shoes — a grave insult in
About 60 percent of the 25 million population of
Sunnis, an estimated five million, were the dominant group earlier under the regime of Saddam Hussein. The rest of the Iraqi population is Kurdish in the north. Kurds include both Shias and Sunnis, but stand apart ethnically as Kurds.
Sunni insurgents are suspected in the bomb blasts that killed more than 200 in
“He and other Dawa party leaders did not keep the promises made to the Sadr movement before the elections,” a leader of Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr’s movement told IPS in
“People are complaining that this government is not paying any attention to them and their ruined city despite the huge contracts signed for reconstruction,” the Sadr leader said. “We believe that this government is not suitable for leading the country, and we might withdraw support to it if no major change is conducted.”
Differences also arose between Maliki and the Sadr movement, on which he depends heavily for political support, over his meeting with
The Sadr movement has 30 MPs in the Iraqi government, and a withdrawal could damage a government with little popular support.
The Mehdi Army, the armed wing of the Sadr group, has issued stern warnings over the government’s relations with the
Both Iraqi and Iranian Shias consider King Abdullah of Jordan an enemy because his father, King Hussein, supported Sunni-administered
Disquiet is arising all around because the present Iraqi government is losing support and so is the
Recent news that
These forces in the south are likely to be replaced by
Much of western media already calls the violence in
“Civil war as the media expresses is not yet a solid fact,” professor of political science at Baghdad University Zahiu Yassen told IPS. “The violence is still within the limits of political conflict between ruling parties, and all the killings are conducted by gangs hired by politicians. No Iraqi has killed his neighbour for being Sunni or Shia, but how long would people keep reason and patience?”
Shia death squads composed of members of the Mehdi Army and the Badr Army, the armed wing of the Iran-backed Supreme Council for Islamic Revolution in
It is widely believed that Shia militia groups are backed by senior Shia leaders in the government and parliament.
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