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Re: More Iraq-related News Stories.

> With the encouragement of the Bush administration in 1991, Iraq's northern
> Kurds and southern Shiites, both aggrieved minorities in the Sunni
> majority state, erupted in armed rebellion after Iraqi forces were
> expelled from Kuwait. Iraqi President Saddam Hussein crushed the
> uprisings.

Re: the Washington Post article above, according to "Iraq: a country
study" (Federal Research Division, Library of Congress, 4th ed., 1990) the
Shia are the majority in Iraq and one of the major accomplishments of the
Hussein regime has been to forge a sense of national identity above the
ethnic and religious identities that were lumped together in what is now
Iraq by the Sykes-Picot agreement.

Colin Rowat
King's College                                                 
Cambridge CB2 1ST                       tel: +44 (0)468 056 984
England                                 fax: +44 (0)1223 335 219

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