Iraq desert dispute could reignite sectarian feud

Suadad al-Salhy reports for Reuters: An administrative spat between Iraq's Shi'ite-majority Kerbala province and Sunni-dominated Anbar over a disputed tract of western desert could refuel sectarian conflict as Iraq emerges from years of war. A deadly ambush of Shi'ite pilgrims as they headed through the desert in September re-ignited a long-simmering feud between Kerbala and […]

Suadad al-Salhy reports for Reuters:

An administrative spat between Iraq's Shi'ite-majority Kerbala province and Sunni-dominated Anbar over a disputed tract of western desert could refuel sectarian conflict as Iraq emerges from years of war.

A deadly ambush of Shi'ite pilgrims as they headed through the desert in September re-ignited a long-simmering feud between Kerbala and Anbar over a vast expanse of sand known as al-Nukhaib, a route to western neighbours Syria and Saudi Arabia.

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