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Arab leaders warily view Shiite stirrings

The dramatic yearlong ascent of Iraqi Shiite Muslims, from long-suffering victims of repression to a force capable of confronting the U.S.-led occupation, has hit a central nerve in the Mideast balance of power, emboldening Shiites across the region to voice rising demands for rights and recognition. But that is a singularly chilling prospect to Arab leaders from Egypt to Bahrain, as Iraqi Shiites enter the second week of a bloody uprising against U.S.-led forces. “If civil strife erupts, it will burn us all and burn down our country,” Kuwaiti Prime Minister Sheik Sabah al-Ahmed warned his countrymen this week, amid growing tension between Kuwait’s Sunni and Shiite clerics. Full Story

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