Video: Civil War Fears Rising

From Jewish News One. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.

A wave of car bombings in central and northern Iraq has killed at least 57 people, heightening fears that the country may be returning to sectarian civil war.

No group has claimed responsibility for the series of attacks, but officials blame most of the violence that has killed nearly 2,000 people since April on Sunni Islamist insurgents linked to al Qaeda’s local wing, known as the Islamic State of Iraq.

 

Iraq civil war fears: PM Maliki vows action against extremists as sectarian violence spirals.

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has vowed to confront sectarian militants following a recent spate of car bombings in Baghdad that have left over 75 people dead.

Al-Maliki, a Shia Muslim, was flanked by four ministers at the news conference, including two senior Sunni politicians, in an apparent display of unity:

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Video: Attacks on Sunni Mosques

Video: Attacks on Sunni Mosques

From Jewish News One. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.

There has been a sharp rise in attacks on Sunni holy sites in Iraq, causing a fear that the country could face more sectarian violence reminiscent of the bloodshed that the country experienced back in 2006 to 2007.

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Video: Iraq – ‘Disciplining’ the media

Video: Iraq – ‘Disciplining’ the media

From Jewish News One. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.

In Iraq, tensions have again flared up in a new wave of deadly attacks against political and sectarian targets. Iraqi media, especially outlets that speak to the Sunni minority, called it a crisis out of the government’s control.

Then, when government forces loyal to Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki killed 27 Sunni protesters, Iraq’s private media erupted with rage. Anger on the privately-owned airwaves spelled trouble for the government and Maliki’s response was to shut down 10 satellite TV stations — including Al Jazeera’s Arabic language channel — for propagating an “undisciplined media message”.

All but one of the channels are aligned with Sunni financial backers, and the government’s move is being seen as a crackdown on dissent by Maliki’s majority Shia government.

In Iraq’s factionalised media landscape, who you are largely determines who you listen to. So for Maliki, silencing Sunni TV was nothing less than removing a weapon from the hands of his rivals. For the Sunni minority, Maliki’s move was just one more sign that their rights and interests are under attack.

This week’s News Divide looks at both sides of the struggle. Speaking for the government is Ali Al-Shalah, the president of the Iraq Culture and Media Committee; assessing the government’s actions are Dahr Jamail, a producer for Al Jazeera English, Arab media analyst Nehad Ismail and Ammar Shahbander from the Institute of War and Peace Reporting:

(Source: Al Jazeera)

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Video: Media Regulator Muzzles TV Networks

Video: Media Regulator Muzzles TV Networks

From Jewish News One. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.

In a blow to freedom of the press in Iraq, the country’s media regulator has announced it has suspended the licences of ten satellite news networks, including Qatar-based Al Jazeera.

The Communication and Media Commission (CMC) regulator took the action after accusing the networks of inciting violence through their coverage of deadly clashes triggered by a security force raid on a Sunni Muslim protest camp last week:

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Video: Maliki Calls for Talks to End Violence

Video: Maliki Calls for Talks to End Violence

From Jewish News One. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki has called for talks to end the violence that has entered a third day in the country’s north where Sunni Muslims are angry over a raid on an anti-government protest camp.

Security forces had stormed a protest camp igniting a gun battle between troops and protesters killing some 50 people, the worst clashes in the country since the US pulled out its forces in 2011:

(Source: Jewish News One)

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Video: Landmark Iraq Provincial Councils Vote

Video: Landmark Iraq Provincial Councils Vote

From Jewish News One. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.

Polls have closed in Iraq in the first elections since the US troop withdrawal. Iraqis were voting to elect members of provincial councils in 12 of the country’s 18 provinces:

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Video: Iraq on Terror Alert

Video: Iraq on Terror Alert

From Jewish News One. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.

With the Iraqi provincial elections now just days away, members of the police force and army have cast their votes ahead of time, with lines developing outside polling stations across the country, including in Baghdad and Basra:

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Video: Jihadis in Iraq and Syria Joining Forces

Video: Jihadis in Iraq and Syria Joining Forces

From Jewish News One. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.

Iraqi intelligence officials have said a cross-border alliance is growing between the Islamic extremist groups al-Qaeda in Iraq, and the al-Nusra Front in Syria.

(Source: Jewish News One)

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