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Sunni leaders warn of sectarian chaos in Iraq

Sunni leaders warn of sectarian chaos in Iraq | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Duleimi sheikhs claim marginalised Sunnis now have little input into affairs of state in post-US Iraq...
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Remembering Basra

Remembering Basra | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

So much has happened since that it's a shock to go back and remember. The smell of confusion on that first day of the ground war, when we rose in the middle of the night and drove our rental cars from the Kuwait City airport through the blowing sands until we found an obliging British unit that didn't mind letting a pack of anxious, unauthorized reporters into Iraq.

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Iran's bid for power in postwar Iraq

Iran's bid for power in postwar Iraq | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
As Iraqi Prime Minister Nour al-Maliki meets President Obama in Washington, Tehran is trying to broaden its influence in Iraq by installing a heavy-hitting cleric there.
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Syria: The view from next door

Syria: The view from next door | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The BBC's Jim Muir looks at how Syria's neighbours are reacting to the crisis and how the various outcomes might affect them.
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Iraq’s Syria stance is Sunni-Shiite related, analysts say

Iraq’s Syria stance is Sunni-Shiite related, analysts say | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

Iraq’s refusal to back Arab measures against Syria, which has since March been trying to crush a popular uprising, has confessional overtones and may boost sectarian division here, analysts say.

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Hoarders: Dictator Edition

Hoarders: Dictator Edition | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

U.S. federal agents moved to seize the $30 million Malibu mansion of Teodoro "Teodorin" Nguema Obiang Mangue, son of Equatorial Guinea's strongman president this week, which happened to contain a host of luxury goods -- not least a $1.1 million collection of Michael Jackson memorabilia, including the King of Pop's "white crystal covered 'Bad Tour' glove" and his MTV Music Awards "moon man" trophy.

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Iraq: Turks' raids on Kurds fuel war fears - UPI.com

Fighting between Turkey's Kurdish separatists and the Ankara government is escalating, raising fears a new civil war in Turkey is looming in the region.
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Thousands of Kurds could awaken against Syrian regime - Telegraph

Thousands of Kurds could awaken against Syrian regime  - Telegraph | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Syria's insurgency took a dangerous turn over the weekend after the assassination of a prominent Kurdish opposition leader heightened tension and threatened to turn a once quiescent minority against President Bashar al-Assad.
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Iraqis rally against extending U.S. troops presence

MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) -Thousands of Iraqis rallied in the northern city of Mosul Sunday in one of the biggest protests yet against any extension of the U.S. military presence in Iraq.
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At least 50 wounded in Kurdish protest in Iraq

At least 50 wounded in Kurdish protest in Iraq | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Another peaceful protest turned violent in northern Iraq on Monday when hundreds of Kurdish protesters clashed with riot police, security officials in Sulaimaniya told CNN.
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Thousands Rally In Iraq Against Bahrain Crackdown

Thousands Rally In Iraq Against Bahrain Crackdown | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Reports say thousands of people rallied today across Iraq to denounce a crackdown on Shi'ite-led demonstrators in Bahrain.
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Iraq Shi'ites rally against Saudi troops in Bahrain

(Reuters) - Hundreds of Iraqis took to the streets in the holy Shi'ite city of Kerbala on Thursday to rally against the arrival of troops from Sunni power Saudi Arabia in Bahrain.
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Iraqi Kurdistan: Time for a Rethink

Iraqi Kurdistan: Time for a Rethink | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Upon first glance, much has improved for women in northern Iraq: almost a third of parliamentarians in Iraqi Kurdistan are female. But the number of honour killings and self-immolations is still high. Mona Naggar reports from Erbil
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Tensions rise as Iraq seeks Sunni VP arrest

Tensions rise as Iraq seeks Sunni VP arrest | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi authorities issued an arrest warrant for Sunni Muslim Vice-President Tareq al-Hashemi on Monday for suspected ties to assassinations and bombings, a decision likely to fuel sectarian...
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The Sunni Awakening Braces for an Iraq Without U.S.

The Sunni Awakening Braces for an Iraq Without U.S. | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
As the Sunni Awakening, former insurgents helped swing the war. Now they face the rule of a Shiite-run government.
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Syria conflict threatens Iraq consensus

Syria conflict threatens Iraq consensus | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Conflict could jeopardize the fragile consensus in Iraq at the very moment U.S. troops are exiting.
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Cutting out Syria, Turkey considers Iraq as alternate trade route as Damascus faces sanctions

BEIRUT — Turkey said Tuesday it will consider using Iraq as an alternative transit route for trade with the Middle East, cutting out Syria entirely as Damascus faces broad economic sanctions over its deadly crackdown on an 8-month-old uprising.
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Sunni Awakening Members Die in Explosion in Iraq

Sunni Awakening Members Die in Explosion in Iraq | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The attack highlights growing Sunni frustration with how the Shiite-dominated Iraqi government deals with their security.
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Turkish troops enter northern Iraq in pursuit of Kurdish rebels

Turkish troops enter northern Iraq in pursuit of Kurdish rebels | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Offensive against PKK fighters launched after 26 soldiers killed in attacks on military outposts...
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AP: U.S. drops keeping troops in Iraq

AP: U.S. drops keeping troops in Iraq | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
U.S. is abandoning plans to keep troops in Iraq past a year-end withdrawal deadline, AP has learned.
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Unrest in Syria has an upside next door

Growing chaos in Syria has disrupted flow of foreign fighters seeking to join al-Qaeda in Iraq...
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Ninety wounded in northern Iraq protests

(Reuters) - At least 90 people were wounded in a second straight day of clashes between protesters and security forces in the northern Iraqi city of Sulaimaniya on Monday, police and medical sources said.
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Libya and Iraq: a long war’s risk |

Libya and Iraq: a long war’s risk | | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Both the west and the Gaddafi regime are assessing the prospect of a military stalemate in Libya. In any extended campaign, United States-Israel cooperation could offer Tripoli an unexpected gift.
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How Libya Could Become Another Iraq, Afghanistan, Or Somalia

How Libya Could Become Another Iraq, Afghanistan, Or Somalia | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The New Republic covers politics, culture, and the arts with a focus on the White House, foreign policy, Congress, Capitol Hill, Wikileaks, the lame duck session, literature, and more.
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Kurdistan comes alive

Kurdistan comes alive | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Despite its unique circumstances, Kurdistan has not been immune to the chain of protests across the middle east. Ranj Alaaldin expresses hope that the movement will help build upon, rather than set back, the region's nascent democratic institutions.
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