Tag "Sunnis"

The massacre the world ignored: Parachinar

by ‘Ya Baqiyatullah’ Very few open crimes against humanity are as disregarded as the assault against Shia Muslims in Parachinar, an area west of Islamabad. Many European and American media outlets have completely ignored the onslaught against Shia civilians at the hands of the Taliban and Sunni extremist militants. Parachinar is a town of 20,000 individuals, with almost all being exclusively Shiites and belonging to the Turi and Bangash tribes.

Saudi clerics attack Shi’ites, Hezbollah

RIYADH, June 1 (Reuters) – Clerics in Sunni Muslim Saudi Arabia attacked minority Shi’ites in a statement on Sunday saying Lebanon’s Hezbollah was posturing against Israel to hide an anti-Sunni agenda. The Saudi government and religious establishment has watched with alarm as the Lebanese Shi’ite group’s popularity rose in the Arab world since forcing Israel to withdraw in south Lebanon in 2000 and surviving an Israeli military onslaught in 2006.

Interview with the leader of the Islamic Army of Iraq

(many thanks to datta for this submission) Note: It turns out that this article comes from the blog of Layla Anwar. The original link is this: http://arabwomannews.blogspot.com/I had not been made aware of this since I had received this text by email. I apologize to Layla for not linking to her piece. I am removing this article, but I will leave the comments. Anyone interested in reading the original article

Shia and Sunni factions harden anti-US stance

Sayyed Ammar al-Hakim Calls for Full US Pull-Out BAGHDAD, A key member of Iraq’s ruling coalition called Saturday for the complete withdrawal of foreign troops from his country and rejected the possibility of permanent US bases. Ammar Hakim, a leading figure of the Supreme Islamic Iraqi Council (SIIC), also called on the US occupation troops to be more careful in their use of force after recent bombings killed civilians in

Ayatollah Sistani and Sunni political leader Al-Hashemi Confer

NAJAF, Iraq, Sept 27–Iraq’s spiritual leader Ayatollah Ali Sistani received Iraqi vice president-cum-the secretary general of the Iraqi Islamic Party, Tariq al-Hashemi, in this holy city, south of Iraqi capital Baghdad, Alalam TV reported Thursday. The meeting came a day after Al-Hashemi published a proposal that he said would help achieve reconciliation in Iraq. The document calls for a blanket pardon for Iraqis who took up arms against the government

Bomb Kills anti-Al Qaeda Sunni Leader

BAGHDAD — The most prominent figure in a revolt of Sunni sheiks against al-Qaeda in Iraq was killed Thursday by a bomb planted near his home in Anbar province, 10 days after he met with President Bush, police and tribal leaders said. Abdul-Sattar Abu Risha was leader of the Anbar Salvation Council, also known as the Anbar awakening – an alliance of clans backing the Iraqi government and US forces.

An American paleo-conservative’s view on how to win in Iraq

A stable Iraqi state would constitute a strategic victory—and the only one still possible. by William S. Lind Among the bits of lore of the United States Senate is a story that dates back to before I arrived there in 1973 as a staffer to Sen. Robert Taft Jr. of Ohio. A senator—from New York, perhaps—known for depending wholly on his staff while treating it with contempt, told his assistant

Salafi killers murder Shia and Sunni leaders

Iran Daily reports that a suicide bomber apparently targeting a meeting of US-allied Sunni sheikhs penetrated layers of security and blew himself up in a hotel lobby on Monday, killing four tribal leaders and at least eight others, police reported. The sheikhs were associated with the Anbar Salvation Council, which had taken up arms to help drive extremists of Al-Qaeda in Iraq from the western province of Anbar, AP reported.

Sunni insurgent group agrees to cease-fire with al-Qaida

Iraq New Monitor reports that a Sunni insurgent group said Wednesday it has reached a cease-fire with al-Qaida in Iraq. The claim comes as the conflict between the Islamic Army in Iraq and al-Qaida in Iraq, which is also Sunni, has intensified in recent months. Last week, the two groups were believed to have clashed in the Baghdad neighborhood of Amariyah.“This agreement is based on a cease-fire between the two

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