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Can You Tell a Sunni from a Shiite?

Many of the elected officials and law enforcement heads playing leading roles in America’s counter-terrorism fight still don’t know the difference between Iraq’s two main religious groups.

Posted on Oct 19, 2006 READ MORE


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Baghdad 9/13 Death Toll Nears 100

UPDATE: The numbers keep rising.

It’s carnage so grisly that the largest Sunni group demanded that the Shiite-led government take steps to disarm militias. The AP called it a “violent day even by the standards of Baghdad.”

Posted on Sep 13, 2006 READ MORE

Bill Maher: The Difference Between Sunni and Suri

The HBO talk show host delivers President Bush a primer on Sunni Muslims and Suri Cruise. Cute.

Posted on Sep 8, 2006 READ MORE


Hiding in Plain Sight

Iraqis have been taking great pains to conceal their identities in order to avoid sectarian violence.  Because personal information, such as a name and province of origin, can hint at whether they are Shiite or Sunni, the fake ID trade is booming and worried Iraqis sometimes even change their license plates.

Posted on Sep 6, 2006 READ MORE

Iraq Report: Civilian Casualties Up by 50%

Civilian casualties in Iraq rose by 50% during the last three months, according to a report released by the Pentagon.  The report on security and stability in Iraq examined the sectarian violence that grips the country, saying ?Conditions that could lead to civil war exist in Iraq? but that the fighting does not meet the ?strict? definition of a civil war.

Posted on Sep 1, 2006 READ MORE

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Illustration by Peter Scheer

Civil War Leaves No Sanctuary for Wounded

Shiite militias have been conducting death raids on Iraqi hospitals, signaling an escalation in the sectarian violence that plagues the country.  Many Sunnis, some seriously wounded, have been forced to seek medical attention at home, or in illegal clinics.

Posted on Aug 30, 2006 READ MORE

Tom Friedman

Friedman Jumps on the Antiwar Bandwagon

Tom Friedman, the N.Y. Times columnist whose Mideast and Iraq war analyses formed the “conventional thinking” for centrists and lefties the world ‘round, has thrown in the towel on his three-year-long support of the Iraq war: “It is now obvious that we are not midwifing democracy in Iraq. We are baby-sitting a civil war.” (more…)

Posted on Aug 4, 2006 READ MORE


Ambassador: Bush Didn’t Know Sunni From Shiite

More inspiring news about our leader from Raw Story: “Former Ambassador to Croatia Peter Galbraith is claiming President George W. Bush was unaware that there were two major sects of Islam just two months before the President ordered troops to invade Iraq.”

  • Can’t say we didn’t see this coming. Remember Bush’s infamous “World Leaders Pop Quiz”? (video)

  • Posted on Aug 4, 2006 READ MORE

    Breakup of Iraq Inevitable, Says Iraqi Official

    Saying “Iraq as a political project is finished,” an unnamed senior government official tells The Independent that Shiite, Sunni and Kurdish parties are looking at ways to divide the country, perhaps splitting Baghdad into a Shiite east and Sunni west.

    Posted on Jul 24, 2006 READ MORE

    Sectarian Blood Bath Drenches Baghdad

    Over 100 people were killed in a three-day stretch. A N.Y. Times reporter writes, “Militias now appear to be dictating the ebb and flow of life in Iraq.”

    Posted on Jul 11, 2006 READ MORE

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    Insurgents Post New Beheading Video

    Beheading videos were the favored means of propaganda of Abu Musab al Zarqawi, and this new one was clearly made to quash hopes his death would hamper the insurgency.

    Posted on Jun 10, 2006 READ MORE

    Almost 50 U.S. Troops Dead in Iraq Since April 1

    The high number of fatalities marks this as one of the bloodiest periods for the military since the invasion.

    Posted on Apr 19, 2006 READ MORE

    Suicide Bombers Kill 57 in Iraq

    The carnage continues—this time near a Sunni prayer service.

    Posted on Apr 12, 2006 READ MORE

    From Max Becherer / Polaris / The New York Times

    Bound, Blindfolded and Dead: The Face of Atrocity in Baghdad

    As Baghdad’s murder rate triples from 11 to 33 a day, bodies are turning up with horrific signs of torture. “This is sectarian cleansing,” says a Kurdish member of parliament.

    Posted on Mar 25, 2006 READ MORE


    Iraqi Blogger Writes of Harrowing Existence

    The Washington Post ran a week’s worth of postings by a young, UK-raised Iraqi dentist who describes the unnerving experience of living “between the hammer of terrorists and the anvil of American, British and Iraqi security forces.”
    (Also, check out his blog, Healing Iraq, with his bio.)

    Posted on Mar 20, 2006 READ MORE

    In Iraq, 87 Bodies Found in 24 Hours

    The latest carnage appears to be almost wholly sectarian—that is, Shiite versus Sunni—and linked to last month’s destruction of an important Shiite shrine. The single-day death tally of 87 follows a spate of weekend attacks that claimed 58 lives.

    Posted on Mar 14, 2006 READ MORE

    N.Y. Times Bureau Chief: U.S. Effort in Iraq Likely to Fail

    On a day when car bombs killed at least 62 people in Baghdad, reinforcing fears of an all-out civil war, John Burns, the N.Y. Times’ Baghdad bureau chief, tells Editor & Publisher that this struggle has, in fact, always been a civil war and, worse, that America will “probably” fail in Iraq.

    Posted on Mar 12, 2006 READ MORE

    Death Squads and Prison Abuse in Iraq

    In a big story that is receiving scant media attention, the U.S. claims that Iraqi police forces are acting as “death squads” to wipe out Sunnis.
    At the same time, the Iraq parliament is condemning the U.S. for the newly released pictures of prisoner abuse in Abu Ghraib.

    Posted on Feb 16, 2006 READ MORE

    Sunni Iraqis Protest Mosque Raid

    The action, in search of kidnapped American journalist Jill Carroll, comes on the heels of a raid of a Sunni scholar group. | story

    Posted on Jan 10, 2006 READ MORE

    Insurgents Break With Al Qaeda Over Civilian Killings, Report Says

    Iraqi guerrillas tell a Saudi-backed London newspaper that they won’t unite with Zarqawi after recent bombings. | Juan Cole translates and comments

    Posted on Jan 9, 2006 READ MORE

    U.S. Forces Raid HQ of Sunni Muslim Scholars

    Clerics call act “crime,” punishment for anti-U.S. stance | more (See “Punishment Raid” subheading)
    Also, read Juan Cole on how Bush created a theocracy in Iraq. | link

    Posted on Jan 8, 2006 READ MORE

    Attacks in Iraq Kill 120

    Two suicide bombs claim majority of deaths | story

    Posted on Jan 5, 2006 READ MORE

    Iraqi Muslim Scholars Were Paid to Aid U.S. Propaganda

    The same Pentagon contractor that paid Iraqi newspapers to print pro-U.S. stories written by American soldiers masquerading as indepenent journalists has also been “compensating Sunni religious scholars in Iraq in return for assistance with its propaganda work,” according to the New York Times.

    Posted on Jan 2, 2006 READ MORE

    Iran’s Victory in Iraq

    For the Bush White House, the good news from Iraq just never stops. But the joy that President Bush has expressed over the country’s latest election, though more restrained than his infamous “Mission Accomplished” speech, will similarly come back to haunt him.

    Posted on Dec 20, 2005 READ MORE

    “The People of Fallujah Love Cindy Sheehan”

    Sunni leaders who plan to participate in the Dec. 15 Iraq elections told Marines that they are encouraged by the actions of activist Cindy Sheehan and others who are calling for a U.S. withdrawal. Sheehan should be congratulated for showing the Iraqi people and the rest of the world what democracy is all about.

    Posted on Nov 30, 2005 READ MORE

    National Security Archives / CNN

    At Hussein’s Hearings, U.S. May Be on Trial

    With the gravest charges facing the former Iraqi dictator, Americans are implicated either through acts of commission or omission.

    Posted on Nov 29, 2005 READ MORE

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