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> Iraqi political leaders have already pointed the finger of blame at > loyalists to the regime of Saddam Hussein. > On April 10, a Najaf mob murdered Abdelmajid al-Khoi, son of the late > grand ayatollah Abu al-Qassem al-Khoi. Some blamed the killing on Moqtada > Sadr, a young militant cleric, although Mr Sadr has strenuously denied > the charge. Where do the Iraqis and experts amongst us think, is this violene directed at the top echelons of the traditional shia religious structure coming from? Inter-shia (Sadr??), Inter-Islamist (shia-sunni/foreign islamists??) or shia-nationalist/ba'athist - or from somewhere quite different? There seem to be few meaningful reports on this around currently. And what do those who have some knowledge in these areas think, is the net effect of what appears to be, if not a planned, than at least a defacto gradual (???) thinning of the traditional shia structures. who gains, and what wider repercussions may it have? questions for whole books, but if someone has some answers, or suggestions for further reading, I would be very grateful. best Nicholas _______________________________________________ Sent via the discussion list of the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq. To unsubscribe, visit http://lists.casi.org.uk/mailman/listinfo/casi-discuss To contact the list manager, email email@example.com All postings are archived on CASI's website: http://www.casi.org.uk