British diplomats at the UK Mission to the United Nations in New York - people I know personally - are putting massive effort into working against a ceasefire. ...
Our policy now is to slavishly follow the Bush line that Israel may unilaterally define its own borders.
A majority of Iraqis are Arabic-speaking Shias, forming about 55% of the total population. The second largest, is the Kurdisth population with about 21% of the total. Kurds are followers of both Sunni (a majority) and Shia sects (a minority) setc of Islam. There are also several Kurdish groups who practice pre-Islamic native Kurdish religions, such as Yezidism and Yarisanism (the Kaka'is and the Shabak). The third ethnic group are the Arabic-speaking Sunnis who form about 18.5% of the total.
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