» 04/24/2009, 00.00
Two attacks in Baghdad kill 60, country on the edge of civil war
Two female suicide bombers attack an important Shia mosque in the capital. At least 60 people are killed and 125 wounded. Sources tell AsiaNews that it is “war” in the capital with mortars, bazookas and bombs. Fighting is taking place in Kirkuk over oil.
In Kirkuk Christian and Muslim leaders pray for peace in the country
In Iraqi Kurdistan Christian, Sunni, Shia and Kurdish leaders pray together in the Sunni al-Rashid Mosque, calling for an “end to violence.” There are signs of hope showing that a will to rebuild the country exists despite ongoing attacks and targeted murders.
Baghdad’s “successes” vs Mosul’s “hell”
Improved security in the capital is inducing many refugees to go home. The Petraeus plan but also co-operation between Iraqi forces and Sunni and Shia tribal groups are the reason. But in Mosul Christians are still hunted down. A Chaldean man who ran a liquor store is shot in front of his house.
Archbishop of Kirkuk: sectarian violence in Iraq "politically motivated"
A series of attacks across the country leave an estimated 100 dead and over 350 injured. The violent response to the death penalty imposed in absentia on Sunni Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi. Archbishop Sako: divided government, reconciliation project faltering, a fragmented nation and "common" traits with events in Syria, and strong impact of nearby countries. Hopes for peace and future prospects in Benedict XVI's visit to Lebanon.
Christians and Muslims show solidarity for Kirkuk attack victims
In the company of Sunni and Shia religious leaders as well as tribal leaders, Mgr Louis Sako, archbishop of Kirkuk, today visited in hospital the people injured in last Monday’s bomb attack. This initiative represents an additional signal of the common desire for peace and mutual forgiveness.
Provincial elections: al Maliki triumphs in Baghdad and Basra. Anbar goes to tribal Sunnis
The Electoral Commission has certified the results of the voting. The coalition of the prime minister wins in 10 out of 14 provinces, but alliances will be fundamental for the formation of local governments. In Nineveh, the Sunnis, who boycotted the elections of 2005, defeat the Kurdish forces.
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