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August 19, 1992 | Associated Press
* Who: Shiite Muslims comprise about 55% of Iraq's 17.5 million people. This is the second largest Shiite population in the region, after neighboring Iran's. The other Muslim sect, the Sunnis, are the majority worldwide but the minority in Iraq, representing about 15% of the population. President Saddam Hussein and his ruling circle are Sunnis. Kurds, who are mostly Sunni, make up about 25% of the population. About 5% of the population are Christians or members of other sects.
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August 20, 1992 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Shiite Muslim rebels Wednesday reported fighting with government troops in southern Iraq as the Gulf War allies prepared to establish a protective zone in the area. The Supreme Assembly of the Islamic Revolution in Iraq, a Shiite dissident group based in Iran, said Iraq sent helicopter gunships over the marshlands near Amarah. The group did not report any use of weapons by the gunships, but it did mention more fighting between Shiite forces and government troops.
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August 20, 1992 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Shiite Muslim rebels Wednesday reported fighting with government troops in southern Iraq as the Gulf War allies prepared to establish a protective zone in the area. The Supreme Assembly of the Islamic Revolution in Iraq, a Shiite dissident group based in Iran, said Iraq sent helicopter gunships over the marshlands near Amarah. The group did not report any use of weapons by the gunships, but it did mention more fighting between Shiite forces and government troops.
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August 19, 1992 | Associated Press
* Who: Shiite Muslims comprise about 55% of Iraq's 17.5 million people. This is the second largest Shiite population in the region, after neighboring Iran's. The other Muslim sect, the Sunnis, are the majority worldwide but the minority in Iraq, representing about 15% of the population. President Saddam Hussein and his ruling circle are Sunnis. Kurds, who are mostly Sunni, make up about 25% of the population. About 5% of the population are Christians or members of other sects.
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