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Igel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-16-05 09:39 AM
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22. It's made the NYT.

The ever reliable debkafile reports at least one demand is the explusion of Shi'a from the area. If so, it's consistent with Sunni actions of centuries past; seems like overmuch hyperbole, tho'.

NYT tries to make it sound like it might be a routine 'kidnapper gangs' (not all killings and actions are from high minded patriotism intented to present a pure Iraq for Iraqis, even the ones that don't kill kids, women, and other civilians). Scary when such things can be called routine, but I guess Chicago in the '20s had such things.

NYT also presents the option that it's a tribal thing: one tribe wants territory and is making inroads into another's turf (and people say tribalism is a bad thing). Since the area's mixed sunni/shi'a, and tribes tend to be one or the other, here we get the best of both worlds: an ethnic gang with religious overtones. Cool.

Few facts. Much speculation.
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