By Vivienne Walt | July 13, 2012
Will Syria’s Conflict Spill Over into War-Weary Iraq?
“…the “spillover” from the Syrian crisis might already have begun, as the
devastating violence next door deepens Iraq’s existing sectarian divisions,
including those between Shiites and Sunnis. Earlier this week, al-Qaeda’s Iraqi
affiliate claimed on its website that it was responsible for several bombings last
month, which targeted largely Shiite sites, and in which hundreds were killed.
“There are those who support the [Syrian] regime and those who don’t,” says
Salman Shaikh, director of the Brookings Institution’s Doha Center. “There is a
real scenario here whereby the two conflicts [in Syria and Iraq] will feed off
each other,” he says. “The Syrian conflict will expose Iraq’s divisions more and
more, the longer this goes on.” That scenario, says Shaikh, is already at work
in Lebanon, where ethnic conflicts have revived by the chaos within
By SINAN SALAHEDDIN
The Associated Press
“The fighting around the town of Hadid, about 10 kilometers north of the Diyala provincial capital of Baqouba, follows a warning last weekend from al-Qaida’s leader in Iraq to push back into areas the group was driven out of by the U.S. military after sectarian fighting peaked in 2007. A day after al-Qaida issued the threat, shootings and bombings killed 115 people in Iraq’s deadliest day in more than two years — an assault for which the terror group claimed responsibility.”