In Iraq, the war threatens the “Shia house”
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the fire of civil war threatens the great Iraqi “Shia house”. The clashes, including with rocket launchers, between militias in the “green zone”, the ultra-protected sector of Baghdad where the administrations and most of the embassies are located, have ceased since Wednesday but the results are overwhelming: a 30 dead and some 600 injured. It is likely to weigh even more because no reconciliation or compromise is currently envisaged between the two protagonists.
For the first time since the American invasion of 2003, Iraq came close to falling into a war between Shiites. This, which falls under the fitna (religious discord, totally proscribed by Islam), is nevertheless the taboo of taboos. The marjaya (the highest Shiite spiritual authority) of the holy city of Najaf, placed under the authority of the Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani, and Tehran, which considers Iraq as its preserve, had always ensured that this red line was not never crossed. She was for 24 hours.
On the one hand, the supporters of the populist cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, on the other Shiite militias and formations in the orbit, to varying degrees, of Iran.