Iraq: four dead as Shiites want own federal state in south regions

Published August 11th, 2005 - 12:47 GMT

Three shooting attacks killed four people across Iraq, police said Thursday, including one attack in the capital that left a young girl injured and her parents slain.


Meanwhile, a prominent Iraqi Shi'ite leader stated on Thursday that Shi'ites should have their own federal state taking in all of the Shi'ite regions in southern Iraq. 


"Regarding federalism, we think that it is needed to establish one entire region in the south," said Abdul Aziz al-Hakim, leader of one of the Shi'ite parties leading the government.


His remarks came soon after the head of his Iranian- trained Badr Brigades militia said Shi'ites should have their own federal state in the south of Iraq. "Federalism has to be in all of Iraq. They are trying to prevent the Shi'ites from enjoying their own federalism," Hadi al-Amiri, head of the Badr Brigades, told thousands of Shi'ites gathered in the sacred southern city of Najaf, according to Reuters.


"We have to persist in forming one region in the south or else we will regret it. What have we got from the central government except death?" he added.


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