Experts fear for the situation in Iraq
Baghdad – Analysts fear that the recent outbreak of violence in Iraq will spark a civil war. While the country has been close to the brink of such a conflict many times during the past three years, the last 48 hours since the mosque bombing on Wednesday, February 22nd, have been the most threatening; civil war is close to becoming a reality.
According to Reuters:
“The risk that a breakdown in authority leads to full-scale war is greatest in Baghdad and surrounding towns where there are mixed Sunni, Shi'ite and Kurdish populations.”
“In those areas Sunnis and Shi'ites have already been driven from neighbourhoods or whole towns in a process recalling ethnic cleansing in the former Yugoslavia during the Balkan wars.”
One Iraq expert, Toby Dodge of London’s Queen Mary University, said, “This isn’t shaping up to be just a civil war – it’s worse than that. It’s a war of all against all.”
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