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Starfury Donating Member (615 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-16-05 03:46 AM
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Iraq Violence Taking a Sectarian Twist - LA Times
"BAGHDAD The discovery Sunday of nearly three dozen bodies all Iraqi men apparently abducted and slain execution-style is the latest grisly episode in an escalating sectarian conflict fueled by this nation's raging insurgency.

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The slayings had the nowfamiliar marks of sectarian violence: The group of 13 bodies found in Baghdad was left in a ditch in the same Shiite Muslim district where 14 corpses, said to be those of members of a Sunni Arab clan, were discovered last week; one official said the latest bodies had the type of long beards characteristic of some religious Sunnis.

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The 11 victims found south of Baghdad, appeared to be Shiites ambushed by Sunni guerrillas on the perilous roads between the capital and the Shiite holy city of Najaf.

On Saturday, the bodies of 10 Iraqi soldiers were found in Ramadi, news services reported. The city in the western province of Al Anbar is an insurgent stronghold where the largely Sunni Arab population has chafed at the deployment of Shiite recruits."

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http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-sec...

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Can you say "civil war?"
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GoBlue Donating Member (930 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-16-05 04:56 AM
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1. Can you say religious "civil war?"
"Now many Shiites are openly pleading that their top clerics, the Najaf-based marjaiyah, allow them to seek retaliation.

"If the marjaiyah will give us one sign, we will exterminate the Sunnis from Hilla to Mosul," said Muayad Kadhim Abady, a driver from the hardscrabble southern village of Ghamas, home to 19 fishermen found slain in a soccer stadium in the Sunni Arab city of Haditha late last month."
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psychopomp Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-16-05 05:15 AM
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2. A sad development
Moreso because it was so predictable. I pray that the violence does not multiply, but I fear that it will.
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leftchick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-16-05 05:19 AM
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3. Someone I read recently said it was a squad of Shiite Iraqi Police
That had killed a few dozen Sunnis last week. God what a mess.
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DeepModem Mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-16-05 10:09 AM
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4. kick
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Roland99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-16-05 10:30 AM
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5. Could be SCIRI, Al Da'awa, or some other group
This administration fucked up BIG time in invading Iraq and not realizing the cultural makeup of the country.
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