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Title: COR MEMBERS ALLEGE DISPLACEMENT CONTINUES

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06BAGHDAD10252006-03-29 10:35:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Baghdad
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SUBJECT: COR MEMBERS ALLEGE DISPLACEMENT CONTINUES 
 
REF: (A) BAGHDAD 768 (B) BAGHDAD 773 
 
Classified By: Political Counselor Robert S. Ford for 
reasons 1.4 (B) and (D). 
 
¶1. (C) SUMMARY.  Shia Council of Representatives (CoR) 
members report more displacements of Shia families under 
threat of violence.  Shia Coalition member Hassan Radi al- 
Sari (Missan Governorate) and Iraqiyya List member Shaykh 
Jamal Abd al-Mehdi al-Shemari (Wasit Governorate) told 
PolOffs March 16 and March 26 respectively that Shia 
families have fled their homes in Baghdad or Sunni-majority 
governorates and are arriving in their governorates. 
Poloffs have received similar complaints about displacement 
of Sunni Arab and Christian families in Baghdad and Basra. 
The issue has sustained its high media profile throughout 
the month of March.  END SUMMARY 
 
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DISPLACED SHIA FAMILIES ARRIVING IN MISSAN AND WASIT 
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¶2. (C) Shia Coalition and CoR member Hassan Radi al-Sari 
(Missan Governorate) told PolOffs March 16 that displaced 
Shia families have arrived in Missan from Anbar, Samarra, 
and Abu Gharaib.  PolOffs asked if any families had come 
from Baghdad, and he answered no.  He estimated the number 
of displaced families at 270 in Maysan.  He said these 
people were from families that had left Missan in the 
1950's and 1960's.  He said the arrival of these people was 
driving up local real estate prices. 
 
¶3. (C) Al-Sari told PolOffs that, before these families 
left, they had faced increasing levels of threats: first 
threatening letters, then harassment, then killings, and 
finally a firm deadline to move out of their houses 
(without taking anything).  He stated that the Sunni Arab 
neighbors have reportedly been passive and silent when 
these actions occur.  He alleged that the perpetrators were 
Iraqis and not foreign terrorists. 
 
¶4. (C) Iraqiyya List and CoR member Shaykh Jamal Abd al- 
Mehdi al-Shemari (Wasit Governorate) told PolOff March 26 
that an estimated 300 displaced Shia families had arrived 
in Wasit to date from Abu Gharaib and the Baghdad 
neighborhoods of Saydiyah and Amiriyah.  He added that the 
arrival of these displaced Shia families is making it more 
difficult to protect Sunni families living in Wasit.  He 
said most of the displaced families are staying with 
relatives.  He stated that some left because of the 
perceived threat and others because of direct threats.  He 
alleged that the insurgents are trying to divide Baghdad - 
Karkh District for the Sunnis and Rusafa District for the 
Shia. 
 
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¶5. (C) Throughout the month of March we have heard 
complaints about expulsions of Shia families.  Senior SCIRI 
cleric Sheikh Jalal al-Din al-Sagheer, in a March 16 
conversation with Poloff, claimed that Minister of Defense 
Dulaymi confirmed to him after the COR ceremony that 940 
Shia families had been forcibly displaced from the Taji and 
Naruwhan suburbs of Baghdad.  Another SCIRI 
parliamentarian, Zayna al-Gerairi, told us in the same 
meeting that in Baqubah and the surrounding villages, many 
Shia are being killed everyday.  Those being killed have no 
political agendas, she claimed, and the killings appeared 
to be completely random.  Prompted by al-Sagheer, al- 
Gerairi added that families were also being displaced in 
that section of Diyala province.  Meanwhile, senior Sunni 
Arab leaders have for the last several weeks been making 
similar claims to EmbassyOffs about forcible displacements 
and killings of Sunni Arab families by Shia militia and 
Ministry of Interior police and commandos.  Reporting by 
NGO's and the Human Rights Ministry (reftels) indicates 
that Shia (and Sunni) families moving out of mixed 
neighborhoods back to their places of origins (or where 
their families are located).  TV stations like pro-SCIRI 
al-Furat and Shia Islamist al-Iraqiya have carried 
prominent prime-time stories this week of the woes of 
displaced families, maintaining the issue's high profile. 
KHALILZAD