Rivalries among Iraq’s Shi’ites risk turning violent, weakening war on Islamic State

BAGHDAD — A power struggle within Iraq’s Shi’ite Muslim majority has intensified as attempts to form a new government flounder, threatening to turn violent and ruin US-led efforts to defeat Islamic State.

For the first time since the US withdrawal at the end of 2011, Shi’ite factions came close to taking arms against each another last month, when followers of powerful cleric Moqtada al-Sadr stormed the parliament in Baghdad’s Green Zone.

Rival Shi’ite militiamen took up positions nearby, raising the specter of intra-Shi’ite fighting similar to events in the southern city of Basra in 2008, in which hundreds of people were killed.

  • xavier

    Lemme get this sraight. The Si’ias hate the Sunnis but the intra Shia factionalism is such thst they turn on each other like rabid dogs.

    And how is this a problem?At this rate the bloodletiing will be the equivalent of a Verdun and then 5he fighting will abruptly stop as both side have bled themselves white

    Dunno sound like strategic genius to me and no costly interventionism. Just let the 2 side wipe each other out and the survivors win by living, rebuilding snd forgetting them