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Shiite exodus from mixed towns

For the past nine weeks, Nabil Abdul Hassan has had more business than he can handle. He’s a home builder in Chikook, a western suburb of cinder-block houses that is filling up with Shiite Iraqis who are increasingly fleeing sectarian violence in religiously mixed villages. “I’ve built 20 houses in the past two weeks, and it’s been like that since what happened in Samarra,” he says, referring to the attack on the Askariya shrine, one of Shiite Islam’s holiest sites, on Feb. 22. “The other builders in this neighborhood say the same. And it is like that in other neighborhoods nearby.” Full Story

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