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Iraq sectarian crisis is tough to decipher

The turmoil is religious, political and ethnic, according to local professors

By Pat Gee

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jul 05, 2014

~~<p>It is difficult for the average American to understand what the fighting is about between the Shiite and Sunni Muslims in Iraq. Even local experts have trouble unraveling the conflict between the two main sects of Islam.</p>
<p>The Sunni-led insurgents of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant are trying to create an Islamic state in the Middle East. They oppose Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, who is Shiite, and Syrian President Bashar Assad, who is an Alawite, an offshoot of Shiite Islam.</p>
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It is difficult for the average American to understand what the fighting is about between the Shiite and Sunni Muslims in Iraq. Even local experts have trouble unraveling the conflict between the two main sects of Islam.

The Sunni-led insurgents of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant are trying to create an Islamic state in the Middle East. They oppose Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, who is Shiite, and Syrian President Bashar Assad, who is an Alawite, an offshoot of Shiite Islam. Login for more...



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