Thursday, September 07, 2006


The future of Iraq as a sovereign nation was thrown into jeopardy yesterday after a new law was introduced to parliament that would enable the break up of the country into semi-autonomous regions.

If passed, a self-ruling Shia state is likely to emerge in the south, based on the autonomous region Kurds have already established in the north.

It would not only be able to levy its own taxes and govern itself but, Shia politicians say, would have its own armed guards posted along its borders.

Iraq's Sunni community, which is bitterly opposed to the prospect, has warned it will mark the first step in the break up of the country and could lead to the south of Iraq becoming a satellite of Iran.

However, Sunni's found to be not bitterly opposed here.


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