Shiites in S. Iraq Rebuke Tehran
BAGHDAD, Nov. 21 -- More than 300,000 Shiite Muslims from southern Iraq have signed a petition condemning Iran for fomenting violence in Iraq, according to a group of sheiks leading the campaign.There are a few problems however and our friend Cernig at Newshoggers gives us the scoop. This is not the first time this has come to the surface. The first time was in June of 2006 and the second in June of 2007. In both cases it rapidly sunk back to the depths. Cernig has even more.
"The Iranians, in fact, have taken over all of south Iraq," said a senior tribal leader from the south who spoke on condition of anonymity because he feared for his life. "Their influence is everywhere."
The unusually organized Iraqi rebuke illustrates the divisions that Iran has provoked among Iraq's majority Shiites. The prime minister and major political blocs are closely tied to Iran, but the petition organizers said many citizens are fiercely opposed to Iranian meddling in Iraqi affairs.