A trench in Iraq exacerbates Sunni fears of sectarian partition

February 18, 2015 3:24 PM

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HILLA, Iraq (Reuters) - The local official drew a line on a map slicing through farmland and desert southwest of Baghdad whose Sunni Muslim residents have been displaced by fighting, and then pointed just south to the site of the most revered Shi'ite shrine.

The line marks the course of a 45 km (30 mile) trench designed to safeguard the Shi'ite holy city of Kerbala from Islamic State's radical Sunni militants who seek its annihilation, said Babel provincial councilman Hassan Fadaam.

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