Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Iraqi sectarian strife spreading

Kuwait’s national security chief has warned a sectarian conflict gripping neighbouring Iraq could spread to the entire region, a newspaper said on Tuesday.

The resurgence of Iraq’s majority Shias since the fall of Saddam Hussein, the rising sectarian strife there and the growing influence of Shia Iran has unnerved many Sunni Arab states, many of them with significant Shia minorities.

“The terrifying situation in the region now is the rising sectarian issue, we are very concerned that ... its burning flames will reach everybody,” Sheikh Ahmad al-Fahd al-Sabah told the pan-Arab daily Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper.

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