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  1. News - World - IRAQ

    US orders aircraft carrier to the Gulf as it weighs military options on Iraq

    Posted Jun 15th 2014, 06:24am by AFP

    ... Iraqi commanders meanwhile said the army had recaptured two towns north of Baghdad as they prepared a fightback, bolstered by thousands of Shiite volunteers who have signed up in response ... troops and pray at the al-Askari mausoleum, a revered Shiite shrine whose 2006 bombing by al-Qaeda sparked sectarian conflict that killed tens of thousands. Security forces have generally ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1532932/us-orders-aircraft-carrier-gulf-it-weighs-military-options-iraq
  2. News - Asia - PAKISTAN

    Pakistan’s new terror law ‘green light for abuse’, says HRW

    Posted Jul 04th 2014, 10:45pm by AFP

    ... that ensures the protection of basic rights in the fight against terrorism." The legislation, passed as the Pakistani military fights a major offensive against Taliban and al-Qaeda-linked militant ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1546997/pakistans-new-terror-law-green-light-abuse-says-hrw
  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    World must unite to save Iraq from imploding

    Posted Jun 27th 2014, 03:13am by SCMP Editorial

    ... opposition- thousands of poorly trained Iraqi soldiers have deserted and the anti-Sunni policies of Maliki, a Shiite Muslim backed by Iran, have divided the nation. Sunnis, although a minority, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1541273/world-must-unite-save-iraq-imploding
  4. News - World - IRAQ

    Iran may be willing to cooperate with US in battling insurgency in Iraq

    Posted Jun 13th 2014, 11:03pm by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Ankara Shiite Muslim Iran was so alarmed by Sunni insurgent gains in Iraq that it may be willing to cooperate with Washington in helping Baghdad fight back, a senior Iranian official said. The idea is being discussed internally among the Islamic republic's leadership, the senior Iranian official said. Iran will send its neighbour advisers and weaponry, although ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1532050/iran-may-be-willing-cooperate-us-battling-insurgency-iraq
  5. News - Asia

    Asia news in brief- September 2, 2012

    Posted Sep 02nd 2012, 12:00am by AGENCIES

    ...   Seven Shiites shot dead in Pakistani province QUETTA- Gunmen shot dead seven Shiite Muslims in two separate incidents in Pakistan's troubled southwestern province of Baluchistan, police said. The incidents took place near Quetta, the capital of the province. "Four gunmen riding two motorbikes intercepted a bus near the Hazarganji area, pulled five Shiite vegetable sellers ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1027795/asia-news-brief-september-2-2012
  6. Comment - Insight & Opinion - TALKING POINTS

    Talking points

    Posted Jul 01st 2014, 04:07am by STAFF

    ... the Shiite-dominated rule of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, Kerry said. The body is to choose a prime minister within 45 days.   New trial for US embassy attackers in Tunis After a series of delays, 20 people ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1543928/talking-points
  7. News - World - IRAQ

    Al-Maliki's coalition gets most votes in Iraq's parliamentary elections

    Posted May 20th 2014, 01:13am by AFP

    ... Associated Press in Baghdad Maliki-led coalition gets most votes in election A coalition led by Iraq's Shiite prime minister emerged yesterday as the biggest winner ... a government. The parliamentary election was the third since the 2003 US-led invasion that removed dictator Saddam Hussein's Sunni-led regime and brought the long-oppressed Shiite majority ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1515962/al-malikis-coalition-gets-most-votes-iraqs-parliamentary-elections
  8. News - World - IRAQ

    US forces move into Iraq with security mission

    Posted Jun 17th 2014, 03:51pm by AP

    ... remain in Baghdad or be sent to the nation’s north, where the Sunni Muslim insurgency has captured large swaths of territory ringing Baghdad, the capital of the Shiite-led government. The troops ... is demanding that the US stay out of the fight. The crisis has sparked a rare alignment of interests between the US and Iran, which wants to preserve Iraq’s Shiite-dominated government. The US and Iran ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1534726/us-forces-move-iraq-security-mission
  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    How they see it

    Posted Jun 22nd 2014, 03:15am by AGENCIES

    ... on the Shiite militias loyal to anti-American cleric Moqtada al-Sadr. However, since then, he has deliberately alienated the Sunnis by, for example, stopping funding for the Sunni tribes that defeated ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1537966/how-they-see-it
  10. News - World - IRAQ

    ISIL jihadists release photographs of Iraqi soldier executions

    Posted Jun 16th 2014, 03:21am by AP, AFP

    ... In one series of photos- which have been posted on a militant website, Twitter and other sites- barefoot Shiite soldiers, bent over at the waist, are marched out of their captured base in what ... executed and possibly a fourth. "This is the fate of the Shiites which Nouri [Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki] brought to fight the Sunnis," a caption to one of the photos reads. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1533520/jihadist-militants-release-photographs-execution-soldiers-captured

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