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January 29, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Masked gunmen ambushed a religious school's van, killing five Sunni Muslims and wounding three others in the latest round of religious violence in Karachi, Pakistan's main city, police said. The attack led to violent protests, and five students were hurt when police opened fire on demonstrators.
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WORLD
March 8, 2014 | By Nabih Bulos and Patrick J. McDonnell
BEIRUT - After weeks of fighting, the Syrian military has wrested control of a rebel-held town near the Lebanese border in the strategic province of Homs, military and opposition representatives said Saturday. The seizure of Zara, close to the main highway linking Homs city to the Mediterranean coast, is the latest reported government advance in its effort to seal the porous border with Lebanon, long a conduit for antigovernment fighters and arms. In a statement, the Syrian military hailed the seizure of Zara, which "had been used as a main passage for the terrorist groups that would come from Lebanon and head to neighboring areas to carry out their criminal operations.
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NEWS
March 3, 1995 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Gunmen tied up and executed seven Sunni Muslim men, apparently in retaliation for the slaughter of Shiite Muslim worshipers last weekend, authorities said. An eighth man who was shot in the head survived, and five women were beaten with rifle butts but were not shot, police said. The massacre occurred in a middle-class Karachi neighborhood near two Shiite mosques where 20 worshipers were fatally shot Saturday.
OPINION
September 8, 2013 | By Peter Galbraith
The Obama administration - with the backing of key Republicans in Congress - is poised to embark on a strategy that entails punitive airstrikes on Syrian government positions and stepped-up lethal aid to moderate elements of the Syrian opposition. So far, however, the Syrian opposition has been unable to win significant support from the country's ethnic and religious minorities. Without such support, the opposition is unlikely to prevail even with stepped-up U.S. assistance. Moreover, the inability of the Syrian rebels, who are almost all Sunni Muslim Arabs, to win over the country's Kurds, Alawites and Christians raises the question of whether their victory is even desirable.
WORLD
February 12, 2005 | John Daniszewski and T. Christian Miller, Times Staff Writers
Gunmen fired into a bakery complex bedecked with Shiite Muslim political posters here Friday while another group of militants car-bombed a Shiite mosque near Baqubah, killing more than 20 people in the two attacks. The deaths raised fears that Sunni Muslim insurgents are increasingly targeting the Shiite community, which is preparing for an important holiday.
WORLD
September 6, 2003 | Jeffrey Fleishman, Times Staff Writer
Three gunmen hopped out of a pickup truck and opened fire on a Sunni Muslim mosque here Friday, injuring three people. In a nation unnerved by bombings and the assassination of a Shiite Muslim cleric, the attack raised fears of violence between the two religious sects.
NEWS
September 24, 1996 | JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The death toll continued to rise Monday from the murderous rivalry between two Muslim sects in Pakistan as masked gunmen opened fire on worshipers at a Sunni mosque, slaying at least 21 people, many of them praying boys from a religious school. The blood bath in Multan, a city in the eastern province of Punjab, came one day after the killing of a leader of the minority Shiite sect in a town 60 miles to the south.
WORLD
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.
NEWS
August 30, 1985 | United Press International
Rival militiamen exchanged heavy gunfire today in the northern port city of Tripoli and on Beirut's front lines, killing at least three people and wounding nine others, police and radio reports said. To protest the violence engulfing Lebanon, Prime Minister Rashid Karami and other Sunni Muslims staged sit-ins at several mosques in West Beirut after noon prayers.
WORLD
April 8, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Gun battles between majority Sunnis and minority Shiites left at least 40 people dead and 43 wounded in remote northwestern Pakistan after men opened fire on Shiite Muslims, a Pakistani official said. Authorities had imposed a round-the-clock curfew to control the situation in Parachinar in North-West Frontier Province, bordering Afghanistan, the official said. The trouble began Friday when gunmen began shooting at Shiites near their mosque, a resident said.
OPINION
August 29, 2013
Re "Syria attack called 'moral obscenity,'" Aug. 27 When Secretary of State John F. Kerry described the alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria as a "moral obscenity," did he think of George W. Bush's wars in Iraq and Afghanistan? Or maybe Vietnam? How can Kerry decide that weapons of mass destruction were used before the definitive evidence has been collected and analyzed? And then, if it is proved, the next step is for Kerry or President Obama to explain the difference between using high explosives and chemical weapons.
WORLD
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.
WORLD
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.
WORLD
June 15, 2013 | By Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times
TARTUS, Syria - War may be ravaging much of Syria, but there is no sign of conflict on bustling streets here, where diners wearing designer sunglasses order freshly caught fish at seaside cafes and gaze out on a palm-fringed expanse resembling a slightly tattered version of southern France or the Greek isles. Absent are the rows of pulverized apartment blocks that mark parts of battleground cities like Homs, Damascus and Aleppo. But that doesn't mean this ancient port - once home to Phoenicians, Romans and Crusaders - hasn't suffered its share of losses.
WORLD
June 9, 2013 | By Alexandra Sandels
BEIRUT - A Lebanese demonstrator was shot dead outside the Iranian embassy here Sunday when clashes erupted against the Shiite militant group Hezbollah's widening involvement in the neighboring civil war in Syria. Hezbollah, which is backed by Iran, has riled sectarian tensions in the region by sending its fighters to support the army of Syrian President Bashar Assad. The official Lebanese new agency said Hisham Salman died shortly after being shot in front of the Iranian embassy in Beirut's Bir Hassan neighborhood.
WORLD
May 26, 2013 | By Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times
BEIRUT - Lebanese leaders called on their people Sunday to reject sectarian attacks after a pair of rockets slammed into a Beirut neighborhood, raising fears that spillover violence from the conflict in neighboring Syria had come to the Lebanese capital. The early-morning strike, which left four men wounded, was widely seen as an attempt to foment sectarian strife and discord in a nation that shares many of the demographic traits of Syria, where a more-than-two-year conflict has played out across religious and ethnic lines.
NEWS
July 7, 1985
Shia Muslims in Pakistan, demanding enforcement of their religious code of law, battled police in the southwestern city of Quetta in a clash that left at least five people dead, officials said. They added that two police officers were among those killed in the capital of Baluchistan province, near the borders with Afghanistan and Iran. The Shias, a minority in Pakistan, are demanding that the government enforce their code of Islamic law, which differs from that of the majority Sunni Muslims.
WORLD
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.
WORLD
May 17, 2013 | By Raja Abdulrahim, Los Angeles Times
MARAAT NUMAN, Syria - Each morning, after saluting the Syrian flag and before the warplanes take off, soldiers at army bases across Syria are given political orientation. During the lectures, conscripts and career officers alike are repeatedly told that opposition forces are fueled by sectarian hatred and want to tear the country apart. The message - of a war waged by Sunni Muslims against Syria's Alawite and Shiite minorities - is well understood. To Syrian soldiers, "It has essentially become sectarian; the Sunnis fight out of fear and the Alawites fight out of conviction," said Muhammad Zinedden, a Sunni conscript who defected in February from the 17th Engineering Regiment in Raqqa province.
WORLD
May 10, 2013 | By Ramin Mostaghim and Patrick J. McDonnell
TEHRAN -- Iranians took to the streets Friday in the latest protest against the desecration last week by Syrian rebels of an ancient Shiite shrine outside Damascus, the Syrian capital. "We have to show our anger," declared Ebrahim Jalili, 80, a carpet merchant who was among about 150 demonstrators marching near Tehran University after Friday prayers. The destruction May 2 of the mausoleum of Hujr ibn Adi - a close companion of the Muslim prophet Muhammad  - shocked Iran, where the population is mostly Shiite, and spotlighted the sectarian agenda of some Syrian rebel factions.
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