Tag Archives | Sunni

Restrictions on IDPs Worsen Shiite-Sunni Divide

By Shelly Kittleson for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Restrictions on Iraq's displaced people worsen Shiite-Sunni divide Shiite Turkmen who fled Islamic State (IS, ISIS, ISIL) beheadings in northwestern cities have traveled several hundred kilometers to places of pilgrimage and […]

Sunni Fighting Force still Months Away

By Mona Alami for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. The United States has led an offensive against the Islamic State (IS, ISIS, ISIL) in Iraq since August. It has been backed on the ground by the Iraqi military with the support […]

The Importance of Sunni Unity in Iraq

By Mustafa al Kadhimi for Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Iraq Business News. Many Iraqi politicians do not hide their concerns and skepticism regarding moves made by Sunni political and tribal groups — whether in the region or Washington — to ensure […]

Govt Proposes new National Guard

By John Lee. The Iraqi Cabinet approved a draft law on Tuesday to create a new National Guard. Reuters reports that Sunni political and tribal leaders have billed the move as a way to handle their own security in the fight against the Islamic State (IS, ISIS, ISIL). The National Guard would consist of locally […]

Samarra the Key to Reducing Tensions?

By Shukur Khilkhal for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Is Samarra the key to reducing sectarian tension in Iraq? The Sunni-Shiite sectarian tensions in the city of Samarra are back on the front burner. Sunni politicians, clerics and a number of […]

Video: Sunni Fighters Trained to Counter ISIL

From Al Jazeera. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. In Iraq, Sunni tribes have been recruiting more fighters to join the battle against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. The government has started to supply the tribesmen with more weapons […]

Video: Iraq Unwilling to Arm Sunnis to Fight IS

From Al Jazeera. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Iraq's armed forces are marking their 94th anniversary. But sadly there's little to celebrate. The army is facing unprecedented challenges - an enemy that has seized large parts of the country, internal corruption […]

Shiites, Sunnis Unite to Denounce Extremists

By Ali Mamouri for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Despite all the negative developments concerning extremist groups in the Middle East, they have had a positive impact on religious communities. Shiite and Sunni institutions in Egypt, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Iran agreed to denounce […]

Who Represents Iraqi Sunnis?

By Mushreq Abbas for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Who represents Iraq’s Sunnis? Iraqis have not answered this incredibly sensitive question. The danger of being unable to clearly answer this question is directly related to the war on the Islamic State (IS), as well […]

PM Abadi Accuses Maliki of Meddling

By John Lee. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has reportedly accused his predecessor, Nouri al-Maliki (pictured), of intervening in the daily duties of the PM’s office. Sources close to the Iraqi PM told BasNews: “Abadi told US officials that in recent weeks Maliki has involved himself in a few cases, causing political tension. This has […]

Video: Sunni Refugees Caught in Conflict

From Al Jazeera. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Many who escaped fighting between army and ISIL say they are also targets of Shia armed groups who are destroying homes. Al Jazeera's Zeina Khodr reports now from Kirkuk.

Shiite Authority Flexes its Political Muscle

By Ali Mamouri for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. The Shiite community has much more religious coherence than its Sunni counterpart. This raises several questions for Sunni authorities, including the ones raised by prominent Iraqi Sunni cleric Sheikh Ahmad al-Qabisi in response to Ali […]

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