Baghdad: A series of bombs battered Shi'ite and Sunni Muslim neighborhoods across Baghdad on Thursday, killing at least 25 people in the worst wave of sectarian violence since civil war five years ago.
The bloodletting reflects increasing conflict between Iraq's majority Shi'ite leadership and the Sunni minority, many of whom feel unfairly marginalized since the 2003 fall of strongman Saddam Hussein, a Sunni.
The latest surge in violence began in April when Iraqi forces raided a Sunni protest camp in the northern town of Hawija, angering Sunni leaders and triggering clashes that spread across the country.
Civil war in Syria between Sunni rebels and President Bashar al-Assad, whose Alawite sect derives from Shi'ite Islam, has aggravated the strife in Iraq. Sunni and Shi'ite Iraqis have been crossing the border to fight on opposing sides in Syria....more
06:10 AM, May 31, 2013
Baghdad: More than 70 people were killed in a series of car bombings and suicide attacks targeting Shi'ite Muslims across Iraq on Monday, police and medics said, extending the worst sectarian violence since US troops withdrew in December 2011. The attacks increased the number killed in sectarian clashes in the past week to more than 200. Tensions between Shi'ites, who now lead Iraq, and minority Sunni Muslims have reached a...
06:07 AM, May 21, 2013
The Pakistani Taliban has claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing that killed at least 43 Shiite Muslims in southwest Pakistan on Friday. Pakistani Taliban commander Qari Hussain Mehsud said that though they were fighting the United States and the Pakistani government, "Shiites are also our target". The attack in the south western city of Quetta at a Shiite rally calling for solidarity with Palestinians, sharply drove up the...
11:31 AM, Sep 04, 2010