Blanche, Ed
December 2003
Middle East;Dec2003, Issue 340, p6
The conquest and occupation of Iraq has radicalized the Muslim world to an unprecedented degree, many believe to the point where Sunni and Shi'ite hardliners are now putting aside their historic differences and preparing to join forces against a common enemy — the West. For years, the idea of an Islamic alliance between Sunni and Shi'ite has been a nightmare scenario for western intelligence agencies, their allies in the Muslim world and Israel. Ever since the 1980's, there have been indications that hard-liners from both denominations have been setting aside the theological differences that have kept them apart for 14 centuries and are possibly already cooperating on particular operations in which the interests of all concerned are advanced.


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