Thousands protest in Shiite provinces in southern Iraq
Iraqi protestors gather in support of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki in the city of Karbala, southwest of Baghdad, on January 8, 2013.
January 9th, 2013
05:34 AM ET

Thousands protest in Shiite provinces in southern Iraq

By Mohammed Tawfeeq, CNN

(CNN) - Thousands of government supporters demonstrated in at least five Shiite provinces in southern Iraq on Tuesday, opposing protests by thousands of people in mainly Sunni provinces that have gone on for more than two weeks.

The demonstrations highlight the country's sectarian tensions.

- A. Hawkins

Filed under: Iraq • Islam • Protest

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  1. Milton


    January 9, 2013 at 8:00 pm |
  2. Reality

    Current crises in Islam:

    The Sunni-Shiite blood feud( Iraq, Syria, Pakistan, Palestine) and the warmongering, womanizing (11 wives), hallucinating founder.

    January 9, 2013 at 4:54 pm |
  3. Science

    Stephen Hawking: 'There is no heaven' – Under God – The ...
    by Elizabeth Tenety – in 624 Google+ circles – More by Elizabeth Tenety
    May 16, 2011 – There is no heaven... that is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark,” Hawking told the Guardian.

    January 9, 2013 at 11:40 am |
  4. wjmccartan

    I did a study and found almost all religious people forget they're religious and what it means to be religious the second they step out of their house of worship. My study also says that if your support any of the organized religions then you support the murders that have been done in their name. My study also found that most studies are full of s**t.

    January 9, 2013 at 10:28 am |
  5. truth be told

    Since all atheists are liars their studies and comments must be seen to be totally lacking in credibility.

    January 9, 2013 at 7:34 am |
    • realbuckyball

      Since you are obviously a liar, as you could not possibly know that, the legal standard, "liar in one liar in all" applies to your crap.

      January 9, 2013 at 8:45 am |
    • truth be told

      thanks for providing proof positive for my statement.

      January 9, 2013 at 10:01 am |
    • Pete

      Hey look another lying Christians, this makes 5 so far.

      January 9, 2013 at 10:02 am |
  6. Doesn't Work

    According to this stuy :it doesn't work.
    Long-Awaited Medical Study Questions the Power of Prayer – New ...
    http://www.nytimes.com/2006/03/31/health/31pray.html?pagewanted=alMar 31, 2006 – Prayers by strangers had no effect on the recovery of people who were undergoing heart surgery, a large study has found.

    January 9, 2013 at 7:01 am |
    • realbuckyball

      In fact, the study shows, it may harm people. The idea that praying to an all-powerful omniscient god does any good, and that it might change it's mind is ludicrous.

      January 9, 2013 at 8:47 am |
    • Doesn't Work

      Thanks for reading study another study has someone in JAIL for trying to heal her daughter through prayer.

      January 9, 2013 at 9:56 am |
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