Killing Ignites Fear of Sectarian Violence
The killing of a Sunni man in the predominately Shiite neighborhood of Hurriyah, Baghdad has sparked new fears of sectarian violence. American officials acknowledge that the draw-down of military forces has led to a subsequent waning of U.S. influence. Iraqi elections are scheduled to take place on March 7, and many Americans feel that “we are setting the clock back to 2005.” Many leaders of Moqtada al-Sadr‘s Mahdi Army have been released as detainees are being released. Sunni’s were encouraged to come back to Baghdad in 2008 by the Iraqi government in a sign of reconciliation.