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Shiite-Sunni Imbalance Intensifies in Baghdad

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Shiite-Sunni Imbalance Intensifies in Baghdad

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Shiite-Sunni Imbalance Intensifies in Baghdad

Shiite-Sunni Imbalance Intensifies in Baghdad

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The U.S. military says it believes that the Shia-led government in Baghdad is trying to cleanse the city of all Sunnis.

Sectarian violence has pushed most Sunnis into west Baghdad, and the Iraqi government is suspected of limiting basic services to the Sunnis in hopes of causing them to leave.

That would leave Sunnis even further unrepresented in the city, and it has cast a whole different light on the delay of provincial elections.

A government official claims, however, that Sunni politicians, fearful of losing to other Sunnis in the elections, are to blame.