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Al Jazeera English - Focus - The Reality Of Iraq's Many Armies

Al Jazeera English - Focus - The Reality Of Iraq's Many Armies: "Four years ago the fighting in Iraq was just beginning. The armed group al-Qaeda in Iraq did not even exist and Sunni and Shia groups were working together against the US-led forces. Three years ago, sectarian divisions escalated into a battle some believe has reached civil war proportions."

As Sunnis Flee, Shiites Now Dominate Baghdad - Newsweek The War in Iraq - MSNBC.com

As Sunnis Flee, Shiites Now Dominate Baghdad - Newsweek The War in Iraq - MSNBC.com: "Sept. 10, 2007 issue - It was their last stand. Kamal and a handful of his neighbors were hunkered down on the roof of a dun-colored house in southwest Baghdad two weeks ago as bullets zinged overhead. In the streets below, fighters from Moqtada al-Sadr's Mahdi Army fanned out and blasted away with AK-47s and PKC heavy machine guns. Kamal is a chubby 44-year-old with two young sons, and he and his friends, all Sunnis, had been fighting similar battles against Shiite militiamen in the Amel neighborhood for months. They jumped awkwardly from rooftop to rooftop, returning fire. Within minutes, however, dozens of uniformed Iraqi policemen poured into the street to support the militiamen. Kamal ditched his AK on a rooftop and snuck away through nearby alleys. He left Amel the next day. 'I lost my house, my documents and my future,' says Kamal, whose name and that of other Iraqis in this s…