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Jul 2, 2013
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My return to Baghdad, the epicentre of Islam’s growing divide

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(Samia Nakhoul, now Reuters Middle East Editor, is seen in the back of a car after being wounded at the Palestine Hotel in Baghdad, April 8, 2003, in this image taken from video footage. A U.S. tank fired a shell at the hotel from which she was reporting. Picture taken April 8, 2003. REUTERS/Pool via Reuters TV )

The last time I left Baghdad I was on a stretcher.

It was April 11, 2003, four days after U.S. troops pushed into the Iraqi capital at the end of a lightning campaign to overthrow Saddam Hussein. American forces had pounded Baghdad for weeks and as U.S. tanks raced into the city, I became a casualty alongside scores of Iraqis.

Jul 2, 2013

Return to Baghdad, epicentre of Islam’s growing divide

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – The last time I left Baghdad I was on a stretcher.

It was April 11, 2003, four days after U.S. troops pushed into the Iraqi capital at the end of a lightning campaign to overthrow Saddam Hussein. American forces had pounded Baghdad for weeks and as U.S. tanks raced into the city, I became a casualty alongside scores of Iraqis.

On the day Baghdad fell, I was waiting for an Iraqi surgeon to operate on me to remove shrapnel and bone fragments from my brain. He saved my life.

Jul 2, 2013

Special Report: Return to Baghdad, epicenter of Islam’s growing divide

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – The last time I left Baghdad I was on a stretcher.

It was April 11, 2003, four days after U.S. troops pushed into the Iraqi capital at the end of a lightning campaign to overthrow Saddam Hussein. American forces had pounded Baghdad for weeks and as U.S. tanks raced into the city, I became a casualty alongside scores of Iraqis.

On the day Baghdad fell, I was waiting for an Iraqi surgeon to operate on me to remove shrapnel and bone fragments from my brain. He saved my life.

Jun 21, 2013

Thousands of Shi’ites ready to fight in Syria – Iraqi

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Thousands of Shi’ite Muslims from Iraq and beyond will take up arms against Sunni al Qaeda “savages” in Syria if fellow Shi’ites or their shrines come under attack again, a powerful minister in Iraq’s Shi’ite-led government said.

It would be impossible to “sit idle while the Shi’ites are being attacked”, while the United States and Western allies arm and finance the mainly Sunni rebels fighting against Syria’s government, Hadi al-Amiri told Reuters in an interview.

Jun 21, 2013

Thousands of Shi’ites ready to fight in Syria, Iraqi says

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Thousands of Shi’ite Muslims from Iraq and beyond will take up arms against Sunni al Qaeda “savages” in Syria if fellow Shi’ites or their shrines come under attack again, a powerful minister in Iraq’s Shi’ite-led government said.

It would be impossible to “sit idle while the Shi’ites are being attacked”, while the United States and Western allies arm and finance the mainly Sunni rebels fighting against Syria’s government, Hadi al-Amiri told Reuters in an interview.

Jun 20, 2013

Iraq, Lebanon alarmed at spreading Syria war

BAGHDAD/BEIRUT (Reuters) – Neighboring Iraq warned that Syria’s civil war is tearing the Middle East apart and Lebanon’s president urged his country’s Hezbollah movement on Thursday to pull its fighters out of the conflict.

After two years of fighting that has killed more than 93,000 people, Syria’s turmoil is dragging its neighbors into a deadly confrontation between Shi’ite Iran supporting President Bashar al-Assad and Sunni Arab Gulf nations backing the Syrian rebels.

Jun 20, 2013

Iraq says proxy war over Syria threatens its neutrality

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraq is being buffeted by both sides in the civil war raging across its border in Syria and Baghdad’s official policy of neutrality is at risk as the conflict spirals into a region-wide proxy war, its foreign minister said.

After two years of fighting that has killed more than 93,000 people, Syria’s turmoil is dragging its neighbors into a deadly confrontation between Shi’ite Iran supporting President Bashar al-Assad and Sunni Arab Gulf nations backing Syrian rebels.

Jun 11, 2013

Analysis: Hezbollah tips Syria power balance, polarizes Lebanon

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Lebanese have long viewed the Hezbollah guerrilla army as a state-within-a-state. But having watched it launch a military adventure in Syria and brutality on the streets of Beirut, they feel ever more hostage to the Islamist group’s regional agenda.

Within minutes of a busload of unarmed demonstrators arriving on Sunday at the Iranian embassy in Beirut to protest against Iran and Hezbollah’s military involvement in Syria, Hezbollah enforcers surrounded the building and scattered the crowd with batons and gunfire, leaving one dead.

Jun 11, 2013

Hezbollah tips Syria power balance, polarises Lebanon

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Lebanese have long viewed the Hezbollah guerrilla army as a state-within-a-state. But having watched it launch a military adventure in Syria and brutality on the streets of Beirut, they feel ever more hostage to the Islamist group’s regional agenda.

Within minutes of a busload of unarmed demonstrators arriving on Sunday at the Iranian embassy in Beirut to protest against Iran and Hezbollah’s military involvement in Syria, Hezbollah enforcers surrounded the building and scattered the crowd with batons and gunfire, leaving one dead.

Jun 6, 2013

Analysis: Hezbollah’s Syria victory risks wider Sunni-Shi’ite conflict

BEIRUT (Reuters) – The capture of Qusair by Syrian troops spearheaded by Hezbollah, the Lebanese Shi’ite Islamist militia, risks turning the war in Syria into a wider sectarian battle between Sunni and Shi’ite forces that will sweep through the country’s neighbors.

The fall of the town after weeks of fighting has emboldened the Syrian government and left the rebels contemplating their biggest defeat in a two-year-old war that has killed 80,000.