Over 1,000 people were killed in Iraq last month as daily car bombings went unchecked in Baghdad and other major cities.

The sectarian war between the Sunni and the ‘Alawite/Shi’a communities in Syria has emboldened partisan groups in Iraq to escalate their protests and demands. As politicians hold fruitless “reconciliation” meetings, the sectarian/ethnic threat has become ever more difficult to contain. In contrast to the past, Iraqis today are talking frequently and openly about sectarian issues and the possibility that Iraq may split into three sub-states. (CONTINUED - 1081 WORDS)