Meanwhile, Back in Iraq: ‘LA Times’ On ‘Undeclared Civil War’

By: E&P Staff

While the world’s attention shifts somewhat to the west, the carnage in Iraq has only increased in recent days.

The Los Angeles Times’ longtime Baghdad correspondent Borzou Daragahi reports today: “Retaliatory massacres by gunmen and bombers linked to rival Muslim sects have left more than 130 people dead across Iraq over the last two days, the latest casualties of what some politicians now are calling an undeclared civil war.

“At least 57 Iraqis were killed Tuesday and scores more injured when a suicide bomber lured a group of day laborers to his minivan with the promise of work before setting off explosives.

“The bombing in Kufa rained blood, burnt debris and charred body parts on a small market across the street from the Muslim bin Aqil mosque, the main platform for radical Shiite cleric and militia leader Muqtada Sadr.

“Since the beginning of May, attacks by Sunni Arab and Shiite Muslims have claimed the lives of more than 6,000 Iraqi civilians, according to a United Nations study and Iraqi police reports.

“The Kufa blast, coming on the heels of mass killings and bombings attributed to Sadr’s Al Mahdi militia and its Sunni Arab enemies, brought the battle to the Shiite cleric’s doorstep, igniting fears of a fresh wave of reprisal killings.
‘The message is clear, and the message confirms the sectarian differences,’ said Fadhil Sharih, a leader of the Sadr movement. ‘It seems clear that it’s been moving toward the direction of civil war.'”

The rest of the lengthy article can be found at www.latimes.com.

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