Sunday, March 05, 2006

Iraqi Sunni Clans Order Protection for Shiites

The Sunni clans in Al-Anbar province have ordered protection for Shiite families in the predominantly Sunni cities from potential tit-for-tat reprisals in view of anti-Sunni attacks and killings by Shiite militants after the bombing of a celebrated Shiite shrine.
"The agreement stipulates protection of [Shiite] neighborhoods and bans assaults under any circumstances," a local resident of Abu Ghraib district told Sunday, March 5, on condition of anonymity.
The agreement is binding to all parties, he added.
Tribal chieftains agreed to provide the protection to the Shiite families in response to a call by the Association of Muslim Scholars (AMS), the highest Sunni body in Iraq, IOL's correspondent says. more...