Sunnis living in fear in Baghdad - WTOC-TV: Savannah, Beaufort, SC, News, Weather & Sports

Sunnis living in fear in Baghdad

Posted: Updated:
Muslims take part in Friday prayers in Baghdad, Iraq. (Source: CBS) Muslims take part in Friday prayers in Baghdad, Iraq. (Source: CBS)

BAGHDAD (CBS) - As clashes rage across the country of Iraq, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's leadership continues to be called into question.

At Friday prayers in Baghdad's Sadr City, the country's top Shiite cleric called for a new government to be set up quickly to "remedy past mistakes" - a thinly-veiled criticism of Maliki who has been accused of pursuing an anti-Sunni agenda.

Traveling to a Sunni community in Baghdad is not easy.

Getting into a Sunni neighborhood is incredibly difficult because the entire area is surrounded by large blast walls. And there's only one way in and out and that's guarded by a major checkpoint.

Taxi driver Ali and his wife and daughter said that Shiite militias have recently begun a campaign of intimidation.

"I swear," he said. "The situation in Sunni neighborhoods in general is not good. My brother was arrested a month ago and we can't find him.  The day before yesterday they dropped a dead body on the highway near our neighborhood."

Ali says he and his family are trapped. He said if he had enough money, they would leave the country.

He made a prediction when asked what he thought will happen to Iraq.

"I swear," he said. "There is no future in Iraq."

Copyright 2014 CBS. All rights reserved.

  • InternationalMore>>

  • US, Europe impose tough new sanctions on Russia

    US, Europe impose tough new sanctions on Russia

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 6:53 PM EDT2014-07-29 22:53:08 GMT
    European Union ambassadors are meeting to discuss a dramatic toughening of the trade bloc's sanctions against Russia.More >>
    Spurred to action by the downing of the Malaysian airliner, the European Union approved dramatically tougher economic sanctions Tuesday against Russia, including an arms embargo and restrictions on state-owned banks....More >>
  • Israel hits symbols of Hamas rule; 128 killed

    Israel hits symbols of Hamas rule; 128 killed

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 6:33 PM EDT2014-07-29 22:33:28 GMT
    Israeli aircraft, tanks and navy gunboats pounded symbols of Hamas control in Gaza City in the heaviest night of bombardment in three weeks of Israel-Hamas fighting.More >>
    Israel unleashed its heaviest air and artillery assault of the Gaza war on Tuesday, destroying key symbols of Hamas control, shutting down the territory's only power plant and leaving at least 128 Palestinians dead on...More >>
  • Activists want gay rights on Africa summit agenda

    Activists want gay rights on Africa summit agenda

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 5:30 PM EDT2014-07-29 21:30:08 GMT
    By DAVID CRARY AP National Writer Human rights and gay rights activists on Tuesday urged President Barack Obama to ensure that the issue of anti-gay discrimination in Africa is on the agenda at...More >>
    By DAVID CRARY AP National Writer Human rights and gay rights activists on Tuesday urged President Barack Obama to ensure that the issue of anti-gay discrimination in Africa is on the agenda at next...More >>
Powered by WorldNow