How Sectarian Rifts Are Consuming Iraq

On May 20 in Basra, a predominantly Shi'ite city in southern Iraq, a bomb ripped through a group of day laborers who had gathered to buy food from a kiosk. A witness would later tell Reuters, "One of the dead bodies was still grabbing a blood-soaked sandwich in his hand."

The bombing was one of two in Basra and more than a dozen across Iraq that day that killed 95 people and wounded more than 250. The following day, May 21, bombs exploded near a Sunni mosque in western Baghdad, at a sheep market in...

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