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  • Silent Sistani

    08/27/2006 7:24:35 PM PDT · by Dawnsblood · 37 replies · 913+ views
    Newsweek/ MSNBC ^ | September 4, 2006 Issue | Scott Johnson
    For months, calming statements from the ayatollah held Shiites back from retaliating for killings by Sunni insurgents. But three years of insurgency, sectarian tensions and miserable living conditions have shrunk the space for temperance and given extremists plenty of room to operate. "[Sistani] doesn't have the same degree of influence," says Joost Hilterman, director of the International Crisis Group's Iraq program, based in Jordan. "He may be saying the same things, but fewer people are listening to him." As much as anything, the battle now is about which voices will shape the future of Iraq. Not too long ago Sistani...
  • Iraqis loot base after British leave

    08/25/2006 12:03:52 PM PDT · by Marius3188 · 44 replies · 1,370+ views
    AP ^ | 25 Aug 2006 | HAIDAR HANI
    AMARAH, Iraq -- Looters ravaged a former British base Friday, a day after the camp was turned over to Iraqi troops, taking everything from doors and window frames to corrugated roofing and metal pipes, authorities said. About 1,200 British troops had been stationed at Camp Abu Naji in Amarah, 200 miles southeast of Baghdad, and the base had come under almost daily attack. The troops pulled out Thursday to redeploy along the border with Iran to crack down on weapons smuggling. Shortly after the troops pulled out, Iraqi police managed to disperse looters by firing warning shots into the air,...