Wednesday, February 18, 2004

Here's another portion of the war on terror we only catch a glimpse of. Are the Sunni's speaking out freely here? We can't have a peaceful and prosperous Iraq without them. That particular segment of An Opposing Direction is one I would have liked to see in translation. Did some moderate members of the governing council really work with Isreali's at one time? Al Jazeera has been known to show some strange stuff.

An Iraqi Imam has accused Aljazeera of trying to spark a civil war between the country's Sunni and Shia Muslims.

Imam Jalal al-Din al-Saghir, during the Friday sermon, urged the US-appointed Iraqi Governing Council to permanently close down the Qatar-based satellite channel's Baghdad bureau.

"Aljazeera lies and it creates divisions between people," he said in a fiery speech at the Aatafiya mosque in central Baghdad. Al-Saghir is seen as close to Iraq's highest Shia spiritual leader Sayyid Ali al-Sistani.


Aljazeera's interim Baghdad bureau chief Majid Khadir denied the accusations.

"He is completely wrong. What we are doing is conveying exactly what each party says about Iraqi problems, especially elections," said Khadir.

Al-Saghir slammed television presenter Faisal al-Qasim for trying to create sectarian divisions and supporting Saddam Hussein.

Al-Qasim's programme "An Opposing Direction" has caused an uproar after broadcasting photographs showing some members of the Governing Council with Israel's Mossad.

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