Shiite

Sunni Tribesmen Battling Daesh Demand Federalism in Iraq

By Michael Georgy SHAYYALAH AL-IMAM, Iraq, Nov 30 – As mortar bombs landed ever closer, Sunni tribal fighters preparing to attack Daesh seemed more preoccupied by the failures of Iraq’s political class than the militants trying to kill them. The men – and one woman – from the Lions of the Tigris unit gathered on Wednesday

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Gunmen Kill Four at Shiite Muslim Gathering in Karachi

By Syed Raza Hassan KARACHI, Pakistan, Oct 29 – Gunmen on motorcycles killed at least four people at a religious gathering of Shi’ite Muslims in Karachi, Pakistan’s largest city, on Saturday, police said, in the latest attack claimed by the Sunni militant group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi’s Al Alami faction. The shooting took place in the North Nazimabad

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Suicide Bombing, Shootouts Kill Around 55 in Iraq: Police

By Kareem Raheem and Ahmed Rasheed BAGHDAD, Oct 15 – Around 55 people were killed in Iraq in attacks on Saturday that targeted a Shi’ite Muslim gathering, a police check-point and the family of a Sunni paramilitary leader opposed to Daesh, according to security and medical sources. The escalation comes as Iraqi forces are getting

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Iraq Commemorates Shi’ite Mourning Amid Preparations to Attack Mosul

By Ahmed Saeed KERBALA, Iraq, Oct 13 – Millions of Shi’ite Muslims flocked to Iraq’s holy city of Kerbala on Wednesday to commemorate Ashura, a religious day marking the slaying of Prophet Mohammed’s grandson Hussein in the 7th century AD in a revolt against the Umayyad ruler Yazeed. Visitors came from Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran and

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Iraq Asks Saudi Arabia to Replace Envoy who Riled Shi’ite Militias

BAGHDAD, Aug 28 – Iraq asked Saudi Arabia on Sunday to replace its ambassador in Baghdad after his comments about Iranian involvement in Iraqi affairs and the alleged persecution of Sunni Muslims angered local Shi’ite Muslim politicians and militia leaders. The request by Baghdad’s Shi’ite-led government underscores the depth of enmity between Sunni and Shi’ite

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U.N. Experts Urge Bahrain to Halt “Persecution of Shiites”

GENEVA, Aug 16 – Bahrain is targeting its Shi’ite Muslim community through arrests and prosecutions of clerics, activists and entertainers, a group of United Nations-appointed independent experts said on Tuesday. In a statement, the experts urged Bahraini authorities to halt what they said were “arbitrary arrests” based on religion and release those detained for free

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Bahrain Slams U.K., U.S. “Interference” Over Party Dissolution

DUBAI, July 18 – U.S. ally Bahrain on Monday dismissed as “unacceptable interference” statements by Britain and the United States criticising its decision to dissolve the main Shi’ite Muslim opposition party on Sunday in a widening crackdown on dissent. Bahrain, which hosts the U.S. Fifth Fleet, said that a court’s decision to dissolve the al-Wefaq

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Bahrain Court Dissolves Main Shiite Opposition

DUBAI, July 17 – A Bahrain court on Sunday dissolved the main Shiite opposition group al-Wefaq, accusing it of helping to foster violence and terrorism, in an escalation of a crackdown on dissent in the U.S.-allied Gulf kingdom. The official Bahrain News Agency (BNA) said the court ruled that Wefaq had taken aim at “respect

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