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Sunni Islam (or ) is the largest branch of Islam; its adherents are referred to in Arabic as ' , people of the tradition of Muhammad and the consensus of the Ummah or ' .

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surrounding Sunni Arab areas … Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) are the single most common form of attack, some increasingly
Mike Pompeo the liar. Not one terror attack in Europe/US was committed by a Shia. They were all Sunni/W…
Why you guys promote so much segregation in Islam black Muslim, Arab Muslim, Shia muslim, Sunni muslim... its only one Islam only one guys
Constantly cheering on Sunni extremist fighters and reminding Sunnis across the Arab world, from Iraq to Yemen, of the Shia bogeyman?
Gilad Erdan, security minister says there's "an historic opportunity to create a new coalition w/ Arab-Sunn…
Crises over Qatar Reaches New Levels: Assessing Implications: The support for Arab Sunni rebels in Syria will……
It's time for the intl community to condemn & punish the Gulf Arab states for promoting & spreading radical Sunni Islamic thought worldwide.
Saudi Arabia likes to project itself as "the vanguard of Sunni Arab interests in the region acting as a bulwark to Iran and Shia proxies"...
Yeah. One of the Sunni faction here celebrating tmrw bcoz of Saudi Arab
President Barack Obama ignored repeated warnings from Sunni Arab countries about Qatar’s ties to jihadist...
More literal anti-Sunni, anti-Arab racism from Theresa May does not want to "help AQ in Syria" you stupid fuc…
The situation is alot more complex than that. Arab is a panethnicity and a lot of minority arabs are di…
Saudi Arabia and its Sunni Arab allies have ordered Qatar to shut down Al Jazeera among other steep demands
This picture is during in a time when their is sectarian divide
He does not isolate Qatar. The Sunni Arab states do this. Iranians&proxies are the b…
medieval 'clash of clans' to decide who is superior. Fight betwn 2 sunni nations & no one talking a…
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Saudis and iranis both r responsible for the division of whole Muslim ummah. They r fighting shia Sunni war in other countries
Iran is democratic, Saudi is not. Osama & Sunni terror originates from Saudi & not Iran
Arab states issue ultimatum to Qatar: close Jazeera, curb ties with Iran via
Shiite is really (Persian) Sunni is (Arab) these tribes cross borders so you a…
Always comes back to issue of a Sunni Arab force. Most will say, use tribal fighters, but…
As inter-Arab crisis escalates, Qatar pins hopes on U.S. Read more:
Qatar is basically being punished for disobedience. KSA wants to maintain its hegemony on…
Israel should stop worrying about the Palestinians and focus on the Arab world. Sunni Arab leaders and Israel...
This is not limited to India only, look at Arab countries, Sunni n Shia divide among Mu…
Prince, influenced by UAE, is destroying ME. Will back fire with a vengeance. Sunni vs Shia,…
Sunni cities?there s no sunni cities but arab cities.…
Fascinating drama playing out in the Gulf as moderate Sunni Arab states have given Qatar 10 days to cut ties with Iran…
IS rapes and tortures Sunni Arab women too: HRW - Daily Mail News!
They dont even manage to say anything after Erdogan sold Aleppo & caused the biggest defeat of Sunni Arab rebellion since onset…
I hope we stop this conversation here. Because the last thing I like is arguing with a Sunni Arab.
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, eating in a single plate is not a sign of coexistence, will an Sunni Arab eat with you in a single plate?Answer me?
. Arab countries fighting the Shia Sunni wars are responsible for refugees and are negligent
Very good article, except the Kurdish writer "forgets" that the Kurdish militias had designs on Sunni Arab
Supporters of the Sunni Arab rebellion get furious over any Kurdish-Russia talks, but are largely quiet re: the Turkey & Russia…
Majority of Syrians are Sunni. Majority of Syrian Arab Army is Sunni. The "genocide" bunk doesn't fly
50.000 more Sunni arab residents forced to leave city toward where can bomb them again.
Russia basically just defeated the US and its Sunni Arab allies in Russia. Everything else is an attempt to overshadow t…
think of Aleppo. women, children, elderly. harsh winter. without food, water, medicines. Now think of so called "Sunni Muslim" Arab rulers.
I don't think that's a good term for it. Elsewhere, yes. Aleppo saw war crimes galore, but both parts of the city…
so a sunni Arab army is ethnically cleansing their fellow Sunni Arabs? you really don't know what you're talking about
But you have no problem with the ever-continuing "deals" that all American administrations had with bigoted, dictatorial S…
Apparently the majority Sunni Syrian Arab Army is ethnically cleansing Sunni Arabs from East Aleppo.
Long before Putin, Iran, or Obama, these catastrophes are the result of Sunni Arab dictatorships spending billions to…
The only feasible solution to end the bloodshed in Sunni Arab Middle East is "Greater Jordan".
Iran is Islamic country since 633. And they are Shia muslims totally different than mostly Sunni Arab countries. Islam ≠ Arab
Sunni Arab citizen soldiers launch retaliatory rocket attacks at Kefraya and Al-Fua
A brief recording of Sunni Arab citizen soldiers firing at an RPG gunner on a rooftop in Khan Thuman
Sunni Arab citizen soldiers retrieve the bodies of Hezbollah members for burial: Khan Thuman
I think more to do with pleasing Sunni Arabia, although they don't like Turks who are not Arab, sectarism playing a big part.
"Just as the Arab thinks in term of creed first. For the Lebanese or Syrian, he is a Shia first or a Sunni. For the African it is the same."
sunni arab towns but it has families like the Kurdi family that have been sunni arabified
just offering to do same. Funny how & unite in
Fatwas are non-binding for sunni muslims only. Iran is shiite. They take their fatwas more seriously.
Today, mass influx of refugees, the Sunnis are much more likely in the in
Trapped in Iraq refugees illustrate Sunni Arab predicament
Our ummah needs to STOP with this selective humanity. Stop thinking that the only Muslims who matter are arab and sunni
Then look at WHO FUNDS her; Sunni Arab Despots; surely Americans can join the dots & see thru facade of Criminals???
The world must create a new Sunni Arab state & Kurdistan to defeat ISIS. Recognizing current reality of Mideast.
sounds hilariously - none of the prominent rebel factions representing Sunni Arab majority in Syria supports this "democratic" BS
Israel’s Foreign Ministry chief: Sunni Arab nations are our ‘allies’
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In the area Kurds consider to be Kurdistan I presume? And these were Arab villages? Sunni? Shia?
1) Restricting entry of Sunni Arab refugees was unprecedented + inconsistent with open-door policy. Then why oh why?!
Syrian Sunni Arab citizen soldiers conduct an indirect fire attack on the regime's 'electricity' barrier at Al-Boi…
SUNNI VS SHIA. Arab tribes would never fight each for the theology, unless Persians claim defense of shia and fund arab shia only. 2/
There are 2 Types of Sunni Muslims..Arabs & Pakistani(Non-Arab Sunni)..& We Kurds are Murtadeen..LOL
.True was revealed in Mecca & Medina, but Islam is as much as it is Arab. Top Sunni, theolo's are Iranian.
[10] An Arab analyst interviewing a Sunni Arab activist over Kurds is as interesting as five old men discussing feminism.
[7] But you can't expect that every Sunni Arab activist or politician is neutral towards the struggle in Rojava or activities of Kurds.
[5] Secondly, some Sunni Arab activists and in opposition are not keen on granting Kurds any rights, and see their aspirations as a threat.
[3] I don't know how many times I´ve seen Sunni Arab activists putting forward claims ag YPG or Kurds, w/o claims being properly questioned.
The Sunni Arab activist later regretted the "mistake" of support Jahbat al-Nusra since it was "not smart".
Moreover, the article co-written by an Sunni-Arab activist who once cheered for Nusra.
Syrian Sunni Arab citizen soldiers keep regime loyalists alert with a quick mortar attack on the 'electricity…
Is the kurds cut this connection, we have a chance to contain ISIS and reduce his presence to only arab sunni sectors
. Mousab is the kind Sunni Arab activist that has no concern for Kurds.
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my point isn't not to care, and to imply that is wrong, I'm saying Arab nationalists (Sunni and Shia alike) don't generally care
Ya tell that to the mostly Sunni arab and Sunni kurd army that fled Mosul. 😐
This is why Turkey is better than all the Arab countries!
We should remind that are those who showS more generosity to Syrians than any arab and western countries.
Same as the SAA and the Deir Ezzor 'tribes', gotta play it like this to succeed in rural sunni arab heartland.
Arab ,Muslim unity always has to translate into a perpetual Sunni supremacy. ...Shi'as are at best a tolerated heresy .
Not sure how easily Islamic State will be dislodged in its Sunni Arab heartlands...
2.) Somewhat related; Sunni Islam seems to be led by Arab supremacism and imperialist instincts, and what are
This makes little sense. Israel has to occupy Sunni Arab land for any "buffer zone" for Druze to escape to:
Care to explain then why so many Arab Sunni tribes have given IS Bay'ah then, providing men and support?
Turkish supported Sunni-Arab opposition (and former allies of ISIS) are also getting disturbed by YPG gains ag ISIS.
Our closest allies in battle against ISIS torching villages of Sunni Arabs. http:/…
Turkey is a Terrorist state. ISIS is a sunni turk-arab terror organization and work with Turkey in cooperation
Libya is going to descend into Syria-style jihadist chaos. Sunni Arab nations: this is your war. May Allah grant you coura…
" outside in Sunni Arab areas of every bomb that the U.S. drops on Islamic State -- and not on...
Why is the succession line 4 important? "is the heart & pocketbook of the Sunni Arab world.."
Islamic State Give Two Conditions to Leave Mosul They are asking for large amount of money and safe corridor to Syria Basnews | Hoshmand Sadiq 21.12.2014 ERBIL Following their defeat in Sinjar, Islamic State (IS) militants are considering leaving their stronghold in Iraq, Mosul in Nineveh province. According to a source, they have two conditions to leave the city. The source exclusively told BasNews, “Following the defeat in Sinjar, IS plan to leave Mosul.” “Sunni Arab delegates have met with IS leaders to discuss the situation. They asked IS to leave the city so that Mosul won’t suffer the same fate as other towns where a large number of insurgents have been killed during operations to free the towns by Kurdish Peshmerga forces,” said the source. The source said that IS agreed to negotiate with the Sunni tribes, but with conditions. According to BasNews information, IS gave two conditions, “First, IS have asked for a huge sum of money from the Iraqi federal government and coalition countrie . ...
No need 2 go back 1400 yrs.In 2006 the Sunni Arab street saw Hassan Nasrallah as their Gamal Abdel Nasser.Betrayal by GCC countries.
Biden: Turks, Saudis, UAE funded and armed Al Nusra and Al Qaeda Sharmine Narwani (nsnbc) : When Joe Biden gets candid, he really lets rip. The US vice president, speaking at the John F. Kennedy Jr Forum at Harvard University’s Institute of Politics, on Thursday told his audience – point blank – that America’s Sunni allies are responsible for funding and arming Al Qaeda-type extremists in Syria. And he named names: Turkey, Saudi Arabia and the UAE, specifically. Others – like Qatar – are undoubtedly complicit too, but Biden’s comments were made off-the-cuff during the question and answer period following his prepared statement. Of course, much of what Biden said has been suspected for years by Syria watchers, but to acknowledge this outright during the early days of President Barack Obama’s much-vaunted ISIL-busting Coalition – featuring these very same Sunni Arab partners – is a jaw-dropping concession. But that’s not all. Biden also managed to fundamentally undermine his administra ...
CNN: How to exploit ISIS' biggest fear? Work with Free Syrian Army and Sunni Arab tribes on Syrian-Iraq border
(Video) [9/23/2014] Pentagon Reveals Targets Destroyed in Syria Strikes The Pentagon briefed reporters on last night's "very successful" air and missile strikes on ISIS targets in Syria, which were backed by five Sunni Arab nations. The U.S. military, without assistance from coalition partners, separately targeted an Al Qaeda offshoot, the Khorasan Group, in northwest Syria. The Pentagon said the latter strikes in and around Aleppo were intended to disrupt the plotting of an "imminent" attack on the U.S. homeland by Khorasan. Earlier, the president stressed that support from Arab allies against ISIS, including from Saudi Arabia, "makes clear to the world that this is not America's fight alone." Lt. Gen. William Mayville, Director of Operations, J-3 and a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, spoked to reporters this afternoon. In the first of three waves of attacks, Mayville said more than 40 Tomahawk missiles were launched against Khorasan compounds, manufacturing workshops and training camps. The second ...
As a result, the whole Sunni Arab area cut off ties with the US. . In Mosul, Gen. David Petraeus had established good relations with Sunnis.
Philip Tang shared (13/9/2014): Growing up in a traditional Sunni Arab family family who are taught to hate Jews, homosexual, non-Muslims. His father was not only the first islamic jihadist to take a life on American soil (he assassinated Rabbi Meir Kahane in 1990) but who, from jail, helped plan the bombing of the Word Trade Center in 1993. He was just a child at the time. As he grew up, he saw the flaws in the hatred and bigotry his father bought into, and ended up becoming an activist who promotes tolerance and empathy. am the son of a terrorist. Here's how I chose peace. If you’re raised on dogma and hate, can you choose a different path? Zak Ebrahim was just seven years old when his father helped plan the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. His story is shocking, powerful and, ultimately, inspiring. ted.com
Do read this on Sunni Arab complicity in IS' crimes in Sinjar. . by . via
Kurds Advance on Key Iraq Dam, Sunnis Hit Jihadists Posted 2014-08-17 18:41 GMT This Oct. 31, 2007 file photo, shows a general view of the dam in Mosul, 360 kilometers (225 miles) northwest of Baghdad, Iraq (photo: AP). Baghdad (AFP) -- Kurdish fighters backed by US warplanes pushed back jihadists around Iraq's largest dam on Sunday, as Sunni Arab tribesmen and security forces fought the militants west of Baghdad. Two months of violence have brought Iraq to the brink of breakup, and world powers relieved by the exit of divisive premier Nuri al-Maliki were sending aid to the hundreds of thousands who have fled their homes as well as arms to the Kurds. Kurdish fighters were advancing on Mosul dam, which the Islamic State (IS) fighters seized a week ago, but their progress was being hampered by roadside bombs, Kurdish officials said. The dam on the Tigris river north of Iraq's second city provides electricity and irrigation water for farming to much of the region. It recapture would be the first major prize ...
At least Sunni Arab media is reporting IS is the group killing Yezidis. ht…
Ouch. David "United States cannot be air force of Shia militias or a Shia on Sunni Arab fight."
Jolyon Howorth:"The current debate in the United States (US) (and, less stridently, in Europe) over ‘who lost Iraq’ is largely irrelevant. Although the 2003 US-United Kingdom (UK) invasion was in some ways a starting gun for the present scramble, and although the failure of the Obama administration to negotiate a Status of Forces Agreement in 2010 resulted in Iraq being left to the tender mercies of Nouri al-Maliki, the seeds of the current chaos were sown much earlier. Iraq, in its many guises, was largely a European creation, only impacted by the US from the 1980s onwards. Run, on a shoestring, as a British mandate throughout the 1920s and subjected to massive British influence until 1958, the country veered towards Soviet Russia in the 1960s before coming under French influence in the 1970s after the UK pulled back from ‘east of Suez’. ‘Governance’ was engineered by empowering the Sunni Arab minority to keep both the Shi’a majority and the Sunni Kurds in check. France and Germany armed S ...
Iraq PM under mounting fire as US holds back on air strikes Baghdad, June 20: Iraq's leader faced mounting criticism today for his government's failure to do more to woo the Sunni Arab minority as the battle for the strategic northern town of Tal Afar entered its sixth day. Grand Ayatollah Ali al- Sistani, revered among Iraq's majority community, warned that time was running out to expel the jihadists, who have spearheaded the offensive that has seen militants seize a vast swathe of northern and north- central Iraq. Obama, who based his political career on ending US involvement in Iraq, insisted the United States was not slipping back into the morass, and warned Prime Minister Nuri al- Maliki and his ally Iran that promoting sectarianism would spell disaster. Tehran hit back, saying that Obama lacked a " serious will" to fight terrorism after he left unheeded a request from Baghdad for US air strikes against the militants. The assault, led by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant ( ISIL) group but also ...
Look at how the *** Sunni muslims have slaughtered the rich shias throughout the history 1. Under Saddam Hussein's regime, Shia Muslims were heavily persecuted. 2. The Sunni rulers under the Umayyads sought to marginalize the Shia minority 3. The Abbasids turned on their Shia allies & imprisoned, persecuted & killed them. 4. The persecution of the Shia throughout history by Sunni co-religionists has often been characterized by brutal & genocidal acts. 5. Comprising only about 10–15% of the entire Muslim population, the Shia remain a marginalized community to this day in many Sunni Arab dominant countries without the rights to practice their religion and organize 6. In 1514, the Ottoman sultan, Selim I, ordered the massacre of 40,000 Anatolian Shia. Sultan Selim I carried things so far that he announced that the killing of one Shiite had as much otherworldly reward as killing 70 Christians 7. Sunni Mughals almost killed all the gujrati shia traders 8. Shia Benazir bhutto was assassinated by sunnis Wh ...
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IRAQ CRISIS * US President Barack Obama said he is examining options short of sending troops to help Iraq counter a Sunni militant onslaught. " We will not be sending US troops back into combat in Iraq, but I have asked my national security team to prepare a range of other options that could help support Iraq security forces, and I'll be reviewing those options in the days ahead." Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, also said security forces will "began their work to clear all our dear cities from these terrorists". Meanwhile, President Hassan Rouhani which borders Iraq pledged his government's full support against "terrorism". The militants, who have taken a huge swathe of predominantly Sunni Arab territory in northern and north-central Iraq since launching their offensive in Mosul late Monday, have pressed south into ethnically divided Diyala province.
WAKE UP : Telegraph: Iraq is breaking up. The Kurds have taken the northern oil city of Kirkuk that they have long claimed as their capital. Sunni fundamentalist fighters vow to capture Baghdad and the Shia holy cities further south. Government rule over the Sunni Arab heartlands of north and central Iraq is evaporating as its 900,000-strong army disintegrates. Government aircraft have fired missiles at insurgent targets in Mosul, captured by Isis on Monday, but the Iraqi army has otherwise shown no sign of launching a counter-attack. The nine-year Shia dominance over Iraq, established after the US, Britain and other allies overthrew Saddam Hussein, may be coming to an end. The Shia may continue to hold the capital and the Shia-majority provinces further south, but they will have great difficulty in re-establishing their authority over Sunni provinces from which their army has fled. It is unlikely that the Kurds will give up Kirkuk. “The whole of Kirkuk has fallen into the hands of peshmerga [Kurdish so ...
Most of us have forgotten about decade nod statement by King Adullah. ISIS is well crafted, well planned & well funded group by the same countries which Iran is keeping good ties & wish Islamic brotherly relations. What Iran does not want to acknowledge that majority Muslims don't consider Shia their brothers. It's already late but better to realize now than never. Karbala 1400 years ago divided Islam into two, bad & good. Any bod try to call them brothers is nothing but an *** Takfiri r Yazidi funded & supported by Minority of Muslims while majority care less exactly the way the cared nothing about Karbala but all were scared Shia triangle presented by King Abdullah. Abdullah is quite but his fear is bearing fruits. ISIS is nothing but anti Shia movement supported by all Sunni Arab states. Blaming USA & Israel not going to bring any more political mileage. Vali e Faqih has to apologize to Shia and need to seek tauba for his mischievousness leading Shia around the world to disaster.
"Riyadh’s most pressing need is to keep its vital Sunni Arab neighbors onside."
attacks kill nine as election looms 'Attacks in Baghdad and predominantly Sunni Arab areas of northern and ...'
A new definition of STUPID by the Religion of Pieces that never fails to deliver yet more stupidity, murder and...
By Jeff Mason RIYADH (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama underlined Washington's "strong" relationship with Saudi Arabia in talks with King Abdullah on Friday, the White House said, on a visit intended to allay the kingdom's concerns that the decades-old alliance is weakening. The elderly king, accompanied by a number of senior princes, had what appeared to be an oxygen tube connected to his nose at the start of the two-hour meeting at his desert farm at Rawdat Khuraim northeast of the capital Riyadh, witnesses said. Saudi state television showed Obama, accompanied by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and National Security Adviser Susan Rice, listening attentively while King Abdullah spoke, gesticulating with both hands as he made a point. A White House press statement after the meeting said the two countries were working together to address issues including the Syrian crisis, preventing Iran from developing nuclear weapons, combating extremism and supporting Middle East peace talks. "In his meetings ...
First KSA needed to destroy Arab leftists, then it needed to fight Iranian Islamists, now it's crushing the Sunni Ikhwan because, power.
When the Palestinians come to realize that Sunni Arab kings are screwing them, I will support them. Until then, it’s a waste and their fault
How would you better describe supremacists following a Arab sunni fascist agenda?
Zirids renounced Shiism &recognized the sunni Caliphate, so the Fatimids sent the Arab tribes of BanuHilal and BanuSulaym to Ifriqiya 1/3
Complements of the Sunni Arab kings and their employees…. Sunni Al Qaeda
Forget Shia-Sunni divide, be prepared for biggest showdown between Arabs and ruling elite.
Pakistan should be neutral in Arab-Iran conflict (Shia-Sunni), our foreign policy should be discussed in Parliament says
Meanwhile, and also have spat at Arab League summit over treatment of Sunni Iraqis
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Hear this BBC documentary about sectarian meat-heads spreading anti-Shia/Sunni hatred & incitement across Arab world.
.‘Dynamics shaped by Sunni-Shia rivalry.’ Read our Expert View on the Arab Storm 3 years on by Mike Herzog
you follow me and why not follow back me ? May be he don't know media is not Arab Sunni or Arab Shiah only.
I was w/an Arab friend who was born Sunni & accepted Ahmadiyyat. A mullah called us kafir & recited 33:40. My friend recited Kalima & peaced
A Syrian Sunni Arab tank hunter has a go with an HJ-8: Kenitra
Sadam may Allah curse his mother and the 🐪 give born to him but Sadam and the alawites WHO arab sunni loved so
this is very false and negative coverage. The majority of the Syrian arab army are sunni
But arent Saudi Arabia and the other Arab states doing the same thing from the Sunni side?
9. R.Baer: «Sunni (Arab`s) Islam is founded on victory and power, which are now fast slipping from Sunni hands into the hands of the Shia».
5. Robert Baer: «Saudis also know that Arab nationalsm-a maxk for the Sunni order-has also failed. It failed to unite Arabs».
2. R.Baer: «Saudis would never talk abt it in public, but they certainly understand that the Sunni Arab order in the 20th centu. has failed»
Baghdad Cafe Attack Pushes Iraq Toll to 46 Dead Late night bombings at a Baghdad cafe left 13 people dead, officials said Thursday, pushing the toll from a day of nationwide blasts, shootings and shellings to at least 46. The violence has been primarily driven by discontent in the minority Sunni Arab community, which alleges mistreatment at the hands of the Shiite-led government and security forces, and by the civil war raging in neighboring Syria. The coordinated bombings struck the cafe in the Washash area of western Baghdad at around 9:00 pm (2100 GMT) Wednesday, killing 13 people and wounding 40, according to a revised toll Thursday by security and medical officials. An initial roadside bombing near the cafe was followed by a suicide blast, the officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Sunday warned that Crimea’s referendum on seceding from Ukraine pose the threat of a “domino effect” in Eurasia. Will Russia’s rush to referendum and the outcome affect other populations who want to secede, throughout the world? Will it destabilize the current world order? Davutoglu likely had the Kurdish issue in mind. The some 2 million Kurds in northeast Syria have de facto seceded from Syria, and have fought off both regime troops and the guerrillas of the extremist Sunni Arab al-Qaeda affiliates. Their de facto secession has disturbed Turkey, which has a big Kurdish population of its own in the southeast, and which has fought Kurdish separatist guerrillas of the Kurdish Workers Party (PKK) for decades. The Kurds in northern Iraq likewise have a semi-autonomous statelet; Turkey now has good relations with that enclave, but there ha ...
As a result of British colonial policy an elitist minority class of Sunnis had been created in Iraq, with a Shia-majority, and very quickly King Faisal had become a Sunni puppet for the continuation of British meddling. The British played a major role in the domestic and foreign affairs of the Iraqi kingdom and this was deeply resented by the Iraqi people. Faisal’s Sunni Arab officers used the armed forces to suppress rebellions by Iraqi Shias throughout the 1920’s and the 1930’s. This resulted in one massacre after another. King Faisal I passed away and his son, Faisal II, was placed onto the throne; certainly far away from any remote form of democracy. Like his father he had to rely on the military to maintain order. In 1958, following the rise of revolutionary sentiment in the Arab world after Nasser’s rise to power, a military coup took place. The Pan-Arab Free Officers of Iraq were a direct copy of their Egyptian counterparts. The movement was lead by Abd al Karim Qasim; an Iraqi military of ...
Fouad Ajami says US needs to be very careful about considering a tilt towards Iran and away from Sunni Arab states.
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Nine Killed in Latest Iraq Bloodshed. A series of attacks in Baghdad and Sunni Arab areas north of the capital...
P. DavidHornik "...It is not that Israel cannot tacitly cooperate with Sunni Arab states, cannot successfully deter them from military aggression, and that these states’ pragmatic interests never dictate nonbelligerency or even “cold peace” (Egypt, Jordan) with Israel. All that can happen and does. It does mean that the quest for a melodramatic resolution of all problems, based on a Palestinian state, remains as delusory as ever... (cont.)
Without naming countries directly Iran FM accused Sunni Arab leaders of "fanning the flames" of sectarian violence.
Meet the Author: OSNet Daily OSNet Daily has written 14 post in this blog. View all posts by OSNet Daily → Blog The current ‘shutdown’ circus in Washington should not distract you from the unfolding events in the Middle East. These events reflect the tectonic geopolitical movements following the shutdown of the Obama regime’s former game plan in the region and the formation of two different emerging blocks. Obama’s America plus Iran against the Israelis and the majority of the Sunni Arab states. The quickly evolving alliance has manifested itself this week in two ways: Israel and Saudi Arabia to counter US détente with Iran Egyptian army tackles Al Qaeda in its Sinai “Tora Bora” The machinations behind the Globalists’ terrorist blitz on the Sinai via their Al Qaeda death squads were scooped and analyzed by us right from the start in 2011 and through their peak during April this year: Globalist destabilization machine fixates on Israel The CIA’s rocket racket When it comes to the real po ...
(R) Counter-Terrorism Article When Nostalgia Becomes Fatal In the last two years Al Qaeda has been very open about its desire to regain control of parts of Iraq that it lost in 2007-8. Terrorism deaths have increased since the last American troops left at the end of 2011, and until recently the Shia controlled government, and the Shia majority, have not retaliated against the Sunni Arab minority. But now the armed (and technically illegal) Shia militias have resumed their use of death squads to drive Sunni Arabs out of their remaining neighborhoods or even out of Iraq. In the last two months there have been over 2,000 terrorism related deaths and a growing number of the victims are Sunnis. May was the worst month for terrorist violence in Iraq since December 2011. Most of the casualties were civilians, usually Shia killed by Sunni Arab terrorists. About 20 percent were members of the security forces (including those from the autonomous Kurdish provinces). The Sunni Arab radicals have been trying to force ...
Kurds carve out autonomy in chaos of Syrian civil war By Bassem Mroue Associated Press BEIRUT: Taking advantage of the chaos of the civil war, Syria’s Kurdish minority has carved out a once unthinkable degree of independence in its areas, creating its own police forces, even its own license plates, and exuberantly going public with its language and culture. But by pursuing their own path distinct from both the opposition and the regime, Kurds are also colliding with Sunni rebels, who have increasingly clashed with Kurdish militiamen. Rebels have besieged a pocket of Kurdish towns and villages in the mainly Sunni Arab corner of northwest Syria for weeks, leading to reports of shortages of food and medicine. The fighting threatens to expand into an ethnic war between Kurds and Arabs, adding another layer to the potent mix of fighters and conflicts in a brutal civil war that, according to the United Nations, has already killed 93,000 people. The ethnic tensions come on top of virulent sectarian hatreds bet ...
Special Report on Syrian civil war Is Syria becoming a proxy conflict between Shi'a Iran and Sunni Arab countries? In mid-May 2013, the conflict in Syria was continuing with attention focused on the fight for the rebel stronghold of Qusair close to the border with Lebanon. Pro-government forces were carrying out a massive assault on Qusair using air strikes and tanks on the ground to subdue the rebels and consolidate control over Damascus by securing pathways between the capital and other strategic centers, such as Qusair, which was a rebel supply route from Lebanon to the anti-Assad stronghold of Homs. It should be noted that this particular battle in Qusair involved Hezbollah militants who were fighting to bolster the control of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and repel the anti-Assad rebels. United States Secretary of State John Kerry was warning that the involvement of thousands of Hezbollah fighters in the Syrian conflict was exacerbating the level of violence in that country. The pro-Assad fo ...
Syria's president and his Shi'ite allies were denounced by leading Sunni Arab voices on Friday, including Egypt's ruling Muslim Brotherhood, which had reached out across Islam's sectarian divide but has now called for jihad. The Brotherhood accused Shi'ites of being at the root …
This report investigates the question: Why have Syria’s Sunni Arab rebels failed to unify? We first identify the major segments of the Sunni Arab rebellion and discuss their key goals. We then discuss how rebel groups have acquired resources through the external support of foreign states and wealthy...
"Sunni Arab world lashes out at Hezbollah"
Sunni Arab world lashes out at Hezbollah
Very long, but extremely interesting and perhaps controversial article. It was sent in an email group recently. I thought it was more controversial than interesting at the time. However, it seems to be getting more and more relevant with time, although remains controversial in many ways. I thought the following excerpts would summarise this rather long article, although one should really read the whole article: Israeli officials appear to be in agreement with the Ross/Pipes proposal to arrange for Al Qeada to launch a war against Hezbollah. The Director for External Affairs at “The Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies, repeatedly claimed that the Shia are the real threat to Israel, not the Sunni and with the least threat coming from the Gulf monarchs. He offered the view recently that “Israel is now a partner of the Sunni Arab states.” Indeed, Israel hopes that Hezbollah will forget Israel when tasked with trying repel Al Nusra and other Al Qaeda affiliate attacks. Israel offic ...
Islam and US; how to deal with Sunni and Shia? A strategic perspective for the US by Robert D. Kaplan and Kamran Bokhari Balancing Shia and Sunni Radicalisms Don’t defeat Iran. Shi’ism is not America’s enemy. It is not in the long-term interest of the United States to side with the Sunni Arab states against Iran or vice versa. Doing so produces an imbalance of power in the region as we learned with the collapse of the Iraqi state in the aftermath of the American invasion of 2003. Iran was then able to establish a contiguous sphere of influence stretching from western Afghanistan to the Mediterranean — something that was only averted by the Arab Spring reaching Syria. The two-year-old Syrian crisis has now come to a point where Iran is on the defensive, as its positions in Lebanon and Iraq come under threat. But Washington’s talks with Moscow in an effort to reach a negotiated settlement on the Syria crisis may indicate that the United States is not interested in allowing the pendulum to swing in ...
The Syrian crisis has reduced Arab and Sunni Arab perception of Hezbollah to that of a detested sectarian outfit.
Israel is planning a defense alliance with Sunni Arab states for containing Iran’s nuclear ambitions, according to reports. The US-brokered defense deal involves Israel and three Arab
Diversity that we are seeing in Iraq represents one of the core strengths of our unity, Muslim as well as Christian and Sabean and Yezidi, along Shiite-Sunni Arab and Kurdish and Turkmen side.
PROPHETIC TRENDS IN THE Middle East.'ISRAEL GOD'S TIMEPIECE' The dismal Syrian civil war has now claimed over 60,000 lives, the 22-month conflict shows little sign of abating anytime soon. Yet there is one ray of hope emerging, at least from Israel's perspective. Both Syria and Hizbullah are now too weakened and preoccupied to join in a war against Israel should it launch preemptive strikes on Iran's renegade nuclear program. The fighting in Syria between the loyalists of the Assad regime and rebel forces has decimated the ability of the Syrian army to seriously threaten Israel. Assad and his embattled troops would not spring to Iran's aid for fear of losing their highly tenuous grip on power. The prolonged struggle inside Syria has also shaken its ally Hizbullah, which has been cut off from its supply of weaponry from Iran via Damascus. Hizbullah also has alienated much of the Sunni Arab world by standing with Assad dictatorship and even sending thousands of militiamen across the border to fight agai ...
Coptic Christians in Egypt celebrate on Monday their first Christmas under Islamist rule and amid a climate of fear and uncertainty for their future. "I do not really feel safe," says Ayman Ramzy, who feels his community threatened by the rise of Islamists in the world's biggest Sunni Arab nation.
No US Strategy, Plenty Ideology in Syria — The US refuses to arm rebel groups. Now, an al-Qaida affiliate has emerged as one of the strongest factions. The US Administration so far left the field open to all actors in Syria bur yesterday, the administration designated one of them, Jabhat al-Nusra, as a terrorist organization affiliated with al-Qaida in Iraq —proven to be one of the most effective rebel groups in the battle against Assad’s forces … What started as a war between the Alawite minority regime and Syria’s Sunni Arab majority in November 2011 has now dragged in other sectarian and ethnic groups, and the battle lines are no longer clear. “It’s a sectarian war, but there is plenty of switching sides, with shifts depending on given interests.” Recognizing one coalition group while condemning another will not change the situation on the ground.
Project Censored (2013) reports: "Seymour Hersh reported that U.S. policy to align with Sunni Arab states dates to the latter years of the George W. Bush administration, when the U.S. committed to a substantial 'redirection' in Middle Eastern foreign policy. The shift was intended to undermine influence of the Shiite Hezbollah organization and its backer, the predominantly Shiite Iran, by allying with Israel, Sunni Gulf states, including Saudi Arabia and Qatar and the Muslim Brotherhood."
This is the FB post I received from Senator Graham moments before I sent mine out to you... U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham The Senate continues debating my resolution ruling out a strategy of containment for a nuclear-capable Iran. The resolution, which has 84 Senate co-sponsors, is expected to pass the Senate late tonight. (Resolution text below) If Iran is ever allowed to obtain nuclear weapons capability, containment will be almost impossible. My biggest fear is the radical Iranian regime, led by Ahmadinejad, would share nuclear technology with terrorist organizations. We would be under serious threat of attack and close allies like Israel would never know a minute’s peace. In addition, Sunni Arab states in the region would almost certainly seek a nuclear capability of their own to counter Iran. Sanctions and diplomacy are two ways to stop Iran, and I am hopeful that they work. However, the current sanctions are affecting Iran’s economy but not changing their behavior regarding their nuclear ambitions ...
Thanks Amal: An old interview (from Aug. 2006), but extremely relevant for Syria and the region today, with Martin Indyk founder of the Zionist Washington Institute for Near East Policy, former US ambassador to Israel, who also served in senior positions the National Security Council: "The campaign in Lebanon highlighted the dangers facing the Sunni Arab world from the Iranian-led Shia axis, from Iran to Iraq - which has a Shi'ite-dominated government - to the minority Alawite regime in Syria and Hezbollah in Lebanon. That actually provides a common interest to the Sunni Arab world and Israel."THE MAIN THING NOW IS TO RECOGNIZE THE COMMONALITY OF INTERESTS BETWEEN ISRAEL AND THE SUNNI ARAB WORLD, AND THE REGIME IN SYRIA IS NOT A SUNNI REGIME. ITS OPPOSITION IS SUNNI, AND I'M NOT JUST TALKING ABOUT THE Muslim Brotherhood."
Syria walks out of summit At the summit of Non Aligned Movements or 'NAM' hosted in the Iranian capital Tehran, representatives of the Syrian Government walked out on the speech of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi. Specifically, Morsi said it was an 'ethical duty' to support the Syrians combating the 'oppressive' Assad Regime. The Morsi visit and speech themselves are historic in that no Egyptian leader has visited Iran since the 1979 Islamic Revolution overthrew the Shah of Iran. Even after the Morsi visit relations were not expected to normalize over night between Tehran and Cairo. The comments made by Morsi are a setback for Iran and not a minor one. Morsi was invited by Iran to the NAM summit the hosting of which is Iran's forlorn attempt to project itself as a regional power with world influence. Having Morsi attend was an added to attempt to forge a link between the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran and the Arab Spring. Morsi however, has clearly sided with his Sunni Arab brethren in Syria rather than ...
Iran is definitely panicking over Syria backfiring in their faces. Iran has already tried this last year, offering 3 government ministries to the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood, who refused. Iran is the country who has begun what cannot be undone. Iran desperately needs Syrian lands and ports for its illegal activities (their words, if you paid attention for years). Iran has said they want an "Islamic Empire' of the first caliph lands, so do research, find those lands and what countries now are on those lands. WAKE UP! Then research how Iran (Persia) even became to be Shi'ite Muslims. Seriously, just to anger the Sunni Arab invaders who wanted to implement Sunni Islam? Are you kidding me? Yep, that is a real good reason to be 'religious'. Look at hisotry, how many people created what 'new' religion, and who forced that 'new' religion onto the people. Humans are annihilating each other --over religion, or versions of religions, or for religions broke into two over a fight for an heir? Excuse me? Read the Dead S ...
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