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Sat Apr 27, 2013, 05:02 AM

Group tied to old guard could gain in Iraq unrest

BAGHDAD (AP) -- As clashes this week raise fears of a destabilizing new eruption of sectarian fighting in Iraq, a shadowy militant group linked to the top fugitive from Saddam Hussein's regime could stand to gain by attracting new Sunni Muslim support.

The Army of the Men of the Naqshabandi Order depicts itself as a nationalist force defending Iraq's Sunni minority from Shiite rule and as an alternative to the extremist version of Islam championed by al-Qaida, whose branch here alienated many in the community during the height of the country's sectarian bloodshed in the middle of the last decade.

The Naqshabandi Army boasted online that it contributed to the wave of violence that followed a government crackdown Tuesday on a Sunni protest site in the town of Hawija. The deadly clash there prompted assaults by Sunni gunmen in a string of towns and cities, mainly in the north. The violence has claimed more than 170 lives.

In a posting on its website, the group urged its fighters to prepare to storm Baghdad to confront "with an iron fist ... the enemies of Arabism and Islam" - a reference to the Shiite-led government that many Sunnis believe is too closely allied with neighboring Shiite powerhouse Iran. While it says foreign diplomats are not its target, it warned that those who ally themselves with the government can expect no mercy.

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Sat Apr 27, 2013, 07:55 AM

1. who did`t see that coming?

so why did the usa get rid of saddam? oh yes it was those pipelines and access to the untapped oil reserves. it`s going to be interesting who is going to suck up to this new guy first. the western powers or the chinese.

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Sat Apr 27, 2013, 10:39 AM

2. Well, thus far,

 

the Chinese have gotten the juiciest oil deals, so.....

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