Media Summary 6 Feb 2014

This is a new feature that we hope to post every week.  It includes links to recent online items about Iraq.

In this isse we have also included a report from the International Crisis Group which though written in August 2013 nonetheless provides an interesting analysis of events shaping Iraq’s current crisis.

BBC: Iraq violence: Baghdad bomb blasts kill 33

Al Jazeera: Multiple explosions rock Iraqi capital

NINA: Iraqi House Speaker meets with Obama

NINA: Othman: It is time for the House of Representatives and Ministers to discuss and implement the demands of the demonstrators in Anbar

International Crisis Group: Make or Break: Iraq’s Sunnis and the State

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February 2014 Prayer Calendar

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February 2014 Prayer Calendar

A Baghdad Sunset - January 2014

A Baghdad Sunset – January 2014

Iraq – part of the unreported world

Channel 4 in the UK recently aired this programme in their ‘Unreported World’ Series on the Baghdad Bomb squad. This is both very interesting viewing and a painful insight into the realities of life for the people in Baghdad.

Iraq's bomb squad - Unreported World from Channel 4

http://www.channel4.com/programmes/unreported-world/4od#3322643

Senior Sunni Clerics issue fatwa against sectarian violence

The Fatwa

THE IRAQI SOCIETY OF ISLAMIC SCIENTISTS FATWA

In the name of God the Merciful.

Under the conditions experienced by Iraqis and many Middle Eastern people at the present time and in the light of the increase in the level of Iraqi sectarian violence and the volatile situation, we believe that the deteriorating political condition calls upon us as Sunni religious scholars to together as a group to issue a Fatwa.

We wish to declare the sanctity of all Iraqi blood wether Shia, Sunni or Christian. We call for a mechanism to educate the Iraqi Society in order to renounce all sectarian violence and instead create an environment of cooperation with civil society organizations and institutions of civil jurisdiction so not to allow our people in Iraq to divide into sectarian conflicts. We must work towards national unity amongst all Muslims (Sunni and Shia) and Christians; we all have the duty and right to live together in unity in our country Iraq.

Dr Sheikh Khaled Abdul-Wahab Mullah, Leader, Sunni Cleric Baghdad & Basrah
Shekh Saadi Mehdi Qutaiba Alindaoui, Sunni Leader Al Anbar
Sheikh Maher Al Jubori, Sunni Cleric Fullujah
Dr Sheikh Kubaisi Jalal, Sunni Cleric Rammadi
Sheikh Marwan Al Araji, Sunni Cleric Baghdad
Sheikh Hasham Al Dulami, Sunni Cleric Fullujah

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