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Syria's Sectarian Conflict CausingDangerous Spillover in Iraq

The Syrian conflict is increasing the danger of a sectarian war in Iraq, Ambassador Nassif Hitti writes.
Residents gather at the site of a car bomb attack in Baghdad's Husseiniya district, April 25, 2013. At least eight people were killed and 23 wounded when a car bomb exploded in eastern Baghdad, police and medical sources said on Wednesday. REUTERS/Wissm al-Okili (IRAQ - Tags: CIVIL UNREST CRIME LAW) - RTXYZ6J

Tension has reached a very dangerous level in Iraq, with increasing violence open for escalation and strong polarization along sectarian lines.

What is happening, and which is expected to increase, is the trading of accusations between the government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and the demonstrators of a new Sunni uprising pursuing sectarian policies; the issue at stake is one of power sharing and political participation that has always been omnipresent.

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