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    So, obviously one of the hot button issues is the war in Iraq, though it has fallen a bit by the way side due to the recent conflict between Israel and Hezbollah.

    “Islamic Fundamentalists only attack American Forces and Iraqi security forces because of what they represent.”

    Argument to the contrary. 0 American forces wounded or killed.

    "Members of the Mehdi Army -- who back anti-U.S. Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr -- established temporary checkpoints to search pilgrims one by one to stop bombs or suicide attackers from killing Shiite pilgrims."

    "Iraqi security forces also established more checkpoints and patrols all over Baghdad and especially on the roads and streets that lead to the neighborhood of the shrine."

    Opposing forces were working with one another to try and prevent any sort of violence. And, for a while it looked like an actual democracy. Freedom to assemble. That is, until Islamic terrorists decided to make the massacre and annual event.

    Any opinions?
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    The Mehdi Army aren't REALLY part of the insurgency, at least not for a year or two now. They're more of a security force for Shi'a Neighbourhoods in Baghdad, AFAIK.
    And from what I know most of the suicide bombings, especially the ones not targetting coalition/occupation forces are by Sunni's against Shi'as.
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    (Original post by alasdair_R)
    The Mehdi Army aren't REALLY part of the insurgency, at least not for a year or two now. They're more of a security force for Shi'a Neighbourhoods in Baghdad, AFAIK.
    And from what I know most of the suicide bombings, especially the ones not targetting coalition/occupation forces are by Sunni's against Shi'as.
    They're not as bad as the al-Qaeda groups, but they're responsible for a large share of the sectarian violence (i.e. murdering Sunni civilians in retaliation for the murder of Shi'a civilians).

    (Original post by Rusty33)
    So, obviously one of the hot button issues is the war in Iraq, though it has fallen a bit by the way side due to the recent conflict between Israel and Hezbollah.

    “Islamic Fundamentalists only attack American Forces and Iraqi security forces because of what they represent.”

    Argument to the contrary. 0 American forces wounded or killed.

    "Members of the Mehdi Army -- who back anti-U.S. Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr -- established temporary checkpoints to search pilgrims one by one to stop bombs or suicide attackers from killing Shiite pilgrims."

    "Iraqi security forces also established more checkpoints and patrols all over Baghdad and especially on the roads and streets that lead to the neighborhood of the shrine."

    Opposing forces were working with one another to try and prevent any sort of violence. And, for a while it looked like an actual democracy. Freedom to assemble. That is, until Islamic terrorists decided to make the massacre and annual event.

    Any opinions?
    It's a major Shi'a religious holiday. Why wouldn't the Shi'a groups work together to prevent their followers from getting murdered?
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    (Original post by Bismarck)
    It's a major Shi'a religious holiday. Why wouldn't the Shi'a groups work together to prevent their followers from getting murdered?
    "Members of the Mehdi Army -- who back anti-U.S. Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr...to stop bombs or suicide attackers from killing Shiite pilgrims."

    I suppose I read that wrong. I read "who back anti-Shiite cleric Muqtada..." :embarasse
 
 
 
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