Iraq and the Prospect of All-Out Civil War

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After last week saw the worst sectarian violence since the US invasion, talks on forming a unity government in Iraq broke down. Now, a daytime curfew in Iraq has been lifted and the streets of Baghdad and other cities are quiet by current standards, although powerful tensions remain. Iraqi security forces are on high alert, but have been infiltrated by Shiite militias. Sunnis want militias of their own. Are political leaders--or religious clerics--really in charge? Will conflicts that date to the 8th century lead to a civil war? We look at the roots of sectarian hostilities and the potential for violence spreading throughout the Middle East.
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Financial Times article on EU's emergency funding for Palestinian Authority

Wong's article on Sunnis rejoining Iraqi government talks

Dubai Ports World

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US Committee on Foreign Investment on review of Dubai Ports deal

60 Minutes, Steve Flynn segment on ports deal



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