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September 20, 2005

Iran blamed as militias step up Basra violence

Topics: Iran

THE violence that erupted on the streets of Basra yesterday was the result of a simmering struggle between British forces and the increasingly powerful Shia Muslim militias active in southern Iraq.

While attention has been focused on the Sunni Muslim insurgency against US-led forces further north, the British have been facing a sharp rise in attacks from an increasingly sophisticated and deadly foe.

There are strong suspicions that the bloodshed is being orchestrated with weapons and encouragement from Iran, and Tehran's involvement may be linked to Britain's hardening position on its nuclear program.

The clashes followed the discovery Monday of the body of Fakher Haider,38, a journalist who worked for local TV and radio, as well as the New York Times, the Guardian in London, National Geographic and other publications, according to the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists.

Tags: Iran, Iraq

Posted by Richard at September 20, 2005 8:21 AM

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