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March 4, 2008 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A Turkish high court ruled that religious education classes geared toward Sunni Muslims should not be compulsory, a major victory for a Shiite branch of Islam. The ruling affecting Turkey's Alevi community is also likely to please the European Union, which has made religious liberties a condition for Turkey's membership bid. The Alevis are followers of a tradition rooted in Shiite beliefs, and have long complained of discrimination and forced assimilation through mandatory courses on Sunni Islam in schools.
January 21, 2014 | By Zulfiqar Ali
PESHAWAR, Pakistan - An explosion tore through a bus carrying Shiite Muslim pilgrims in western Pakistan on Tuesday, killing at least 22 people and injuring dozens. Pakistani media reports said the bus was traveling from the Iranian border through volatile Balochistan province when it was struck about 30 miles southwest of the provincial capital, Quetta. Shafqat Anwar, the assistant commissioner in Mastung district, told reporters that at least 32 people were injured. Two vehicles carrying security forces who were escorting the pilgrims' buses were also damaged in the blast, officials said.
May 10, 2013 | By Ned Parker, Los Angeles Times
BAGHDAD - Less than a year and a half after the last U.S. troops left, Iraq's political leaders are openly debating the prospect of two dangerous paths for their country: de facto division or civil war. Perhaps both. Tension between the Shiite majority, now in control of the levers of power, and the Sunni Arab minority, which dominated under Saddam Hussein, has been building for months. But politicians on all sides agree that the country has entered a perilous new phase, highlighted in late April by an attack on a Sunni protest camp by security forces that killed at least 45 people.
August 10, 2013 | By Shashank Bengali
CAIRO - When Hosni Mubarak ruled Egypt, Ahmed Helal was locked up four times in Tora prison, officials' favorite detention facility for perceived enemies of the state. Each time, he was arrested in the middle of the night and thrown in with scores of others whose only offense, they believed, was being Shiite Muslims. But Egypt's Shiite community - a small, reticent minority in a country dominated by Sunni Muslims - would come to view Mubarak's three-decade reign almost as the good old days.
September 5, 2003
Cleric's funeral -- An A2 news summary Wednesday overstated the number of Shiite followers who attended the burial of Ayatollah Mohammed Bakr Hakim in Najaf, Iraq. The estimated funeral attendance was about 300,000, not millions.
June 9, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
A bomb tore through a minibus during morning rush hour in a mainly Shiite area in Baghdad, killing at least nine people and wounding 24, Iraqi officials said. The bomb was attached to the minibus in the southern area of Abu Dshir, a Shiite enclave in the mainly Sunni neighborhood of Dora, police said. "A ball of fire rose into the sky. We saw a minibus thrown about five meters into the air, then come down in flames," said Omar Abdul-Ghafar, a university student who was waiting with his friend for another bus. The explosion left a crater at the entrance of the bus station.
January 22, 2004
Re "Surging Shiite Demands Put U.S. in a Bind," Jan. 18: It seems quite possible that the Shiite majority in Iraq could be decisive in whether George W. Bush gets reelected to another four years. The Shiites are starting to become very impatient with the Bush administration's timetable in Iraq. Your typical religious Shiite, of which there are many, knowing of Bush's strong commitment to Israel and to those who want to convert all Muslims to Christianity, will be hard pressed to want to give much breathing space to this U.S. administration.
February 8, 2007
Re "The perils of partition," editorial, Feb. 5 There are merits and demerits with the concept of the partitioning of Iraq. However, The Times' bald statement, "First and more important, the Iraqis do not want it," seems mainly to be wishful thinking. The Times should be editorializing that first and foremost, the Iraqis want the security needed to permit normal living with good jobs and a stable, efficient infrastructure. Sunni and Shiite migrations in Iraq may be more useful in leading to the end of the war than all of the political planning and military action by the Iraqi government and the Bush administration.
May 20, 2006
Re "A world full of Cold Wars," Opinion, May 15 Niall Ferguson demonizes and mischaracterizes Iran's leadership and their Shiite religion. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's letter to President Bush is not "long and nutty." It was probably constructed carefully by the clerical leadership of Iran to appeal to Bush on common religious grounds. Our Christian apocalyptic expectation of God's millennial kingdom is widely believed by fundamentalist Christians in the U.S. Ahmadinejad's millenarian expectation of the Mahdi (the Shiite savior)
May 25, 1990
Let's get one thing straight. Tragic as their plight is, most of the Americans held hostage in Lebanon are there because they did not heed warnings from the American government to get out. Levin, on at least five occasions, refers to the Shiite and Palestinian thugs held in Israeli prisons as hostages. They are not hostages. They are people who planned or carried out mayhem and murder. By comparing these prisoners to American hostages, Levin plays the fool, for the two groups are totally different.
July 9, 2013 | By Patrick J. McDonnell and Nabih Bulos
BEIRUT - A car bomb that injured dozens Tuesday in the urban heartland of the Hezbollah movement renewed fears that the sectarian-fueled strife in Syria was migrating into neighboring Lebanon. Officials from various political movements and religious groups denounced the attack - which occurred as residents were preparing for the start of Ramadan, a Muslim month of fasting - as an effort to sow discord in Lebanon. A fragile peace has held for almost a quarter of a century, since the end of the Lebanese civil war in 1990.
June 30, 2013 | By Zulfiqar Ali and Alex Rodriguez
PESHAWAR, Pakistan - Separate bomb blasts across Pakistan killed at least 36 people Sunday, the latest in a series of extremist attacks to hit the South Asian nation since Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif rose to power this spring. In the northwestern city of Peshawar, militants detonated a car bomb near a security forces convoy, killing at least 15 people. Shafeeullah Khan, a senior police officer in Peshawar, said the attackers planted explosives in a Suzuki compact car and parked it on a busy road.
June 22, 2013 | By Nasir Khan and Mark Magnier
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- Attackers at a remote hotel used by adventure tourists in northern Pakistan killed nine foreign climbers and their guide Sunday, according to police and security officials, including five Ukrainians, three Chinese and a Russian. No one has taken immediate responsibility for the attack, which reportedly took place at about 1 a.m. The hotel in Gilgit-Baltistan doubles as a base camp for mountaineers ascending Nanga Parbat, the world's ninth-highest peak. The gunmen fled after the attack, said Deputy Inspector General of Police Ali Sher.
June 22, 2013 | By Jeffrey Fleishman, Los Angeles Times
CAIRO - Hezbollah's march into the Syrian civil war on behalf of President Bashar Assad is adding to tension along sectarian fault lines in a region increasingly roused by geopolitical maneuverings that are fueled by religious passions. Popular uprisings that overthrew secular autocrats in Egypt and other countries once enthralled Shiite and Sunni Muslims alike. But the replacement of fallen leaders by Islamist parties has further provoked the age-old vitriol between the sects, threatening to turn the Syrian battleground into a wider religious war. Hezbollah, long a proxy for Shiite-dominated Iran, is helping battle largely Sunni rebel forces seeking to overthrow Assad, a fellow ally of Iran whose Alawite faith is a spinoff of Shiite Islam.
June 21, 2013 | By Zulfiqar Ali and Mark Magnier
PESHAWAR, Pakistan -- At least 15 people were killed and dozens more wounded Friday when a suicide bomber, apparently a teenager, blew himself up inside a mosque in northern Pakistan, police said. The bomber shot at police guards, then made his way into the Shiite mosque adjacent to the Hussaini Seminary in the Gulshan neighborhood of Peshawar, said Aamir Shakiri, the seminary's principal. He then detonated his explosives in the mosque's main hall as people prepared for Friday prayers.
June 12, 2013 | By Patrick J. McDonnell
BEIRUT -- Syrian rebels burned homes and killed civilians in a sectarian rampage targeting Shiite Muslims in a village in eastern Syria, activists and officials said Wednesday.  The rebel attack on Hatla, in eastern Deir Elzur province, resulted in the deaths of unspecified numbers of civilians and combatants, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. The British-based monitoring group says it documents abuses by all sides in the Syrian civil war. The official Syrian government press office said “terrorists” attacked Hatla and killed 30 people, including women and children.
April 13, 2010 | By Ned Parker and Usama Redha
Prime Minister Nouri Maliki, battling for another term in office, lashed out at Iraq's neighbors Monday for meddling in its affairs as political leaders negotiate the composition of a new government. The tough comments were broadcast on state TV and came as representatives of Iraqi parties tour the region. Some Middle East countries have issued statements in recent days on Iraq's ongoing negotiations. Without naming any neighboring countries, Maliki warned them not to intervene in Iraqi affairs.
April 5, 1992
Contrary to popular reports, Iraq has not satisfied the Bush Administration's deadline to fully comply with all U.N. resolutions. Saddam Hussein's government is still maintaining its embargo against the Kurds in an attempt to starve them out and regularly shells civilian populations centers in both Kurdistan and the Shiite south. While the Bush Administration vigorously acts to eliminate weapons of mass destruction, it can't seem to lift its voice, let alone supply weapons, to the millions of Kurds and Shiites who are being silently starved and assaulted by Saddam and his Baath compatriots.
June 8, 2013 | By Alexandra Sandels and Jeffrey Fleishman, Los Angeles Times
BEIRUT - He sits on a couch in an inconspicuous building in a southern suburb of Beirut. A baseball cap pulled down low, his eyes twitching, Hassan, a Hezbollah squad leader, describes killing more than 20 men in three weeks in the Syrian town of Qusair. "It was a street war. We went from room to room, from house to house, from window to window," said Hassan, who is in his late 30s and sports a light beard. "It was guerrilla warfare with gangs, not a war with a traditional army....
May 27, 2013 | By Aziz Alwan, Los Angeles Times
BAGHDAD - In apparently coordinated attacks, at least 10 bombings shattered Iraqi neighborhoods Monday, killing at least 53 people, injuring more than 200 and contributing to fears that the country's tenuous hold on security is slipping away. The bombs went off in and around mostly Shiite Muslim areas of Baghdad, the capital, at markets and other public areas that were teeming with civilians, and primarily were planted in cars or on motorcycles, authorities said. No group claimed responsibility, but the bombings were consistent with others carried out by the Al Qaeda affiliate known as the Islamic State of Iraq.
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