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Iraqis dive deeper into sectarianism - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East

28.12.15

Iraqis dive deeper into sectarianism - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East: The involvement of major powers in the Middle East has turned communities into political tools. Each community relies on its patron power to fight an opposing community. As the situation changes, the roles of the conflicting powers shift in the sectarian collective imagination.

When the United States advanced Shiite interests by overthrowing Saddam Hussein and his Sunni Baath Party in 2003, Russia was on the Sunnis' side. Moscow maintained good relations with the Baathist regime until the very end and had opposed the US-led invasion. When US President George W. Bush issued his ultimatum on March 18, 2003, for the Iraqi president to leave the country within 48 hours or face war against the United States and its allies, Russia declined to join the allied coalition.


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