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Gulf Shiites Concerned About Iraq Violence

A fleeting smile lit up the stern face of Sheik Abdul-Atheem al-Bahrani when asked if he worried that the sectarian tensions in Iraq would spread to the Gulf. ”The good in Iraq overflows, but so do its evils,” said the Bahraini Shiite cleric, quoting an old saying. The spiral of Shiite-Sunni clashes in Iraq unleashed by last month’s bombing of a sacred Shiite shrine has nearby Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait on edge. All are Sunni-led countries with large Shiite communities, and they fear a spillover of tensions or even violence. Full Story

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