comprise an estimated 10 percent of the population, mostly from minority ethnic groups like Arabs, Turkmen, Kurds and Baluchis that live near the country's borders.
This radical Sunni Muslim
group subscribes to the most-violent elements of Islam practiced in the seventh century: forced conversion through military conquest; destruction; subjugation; extortion; oppression of women; merciless torture and horrific execution of its victims.
There was one problem, however, with the headline's premise: Sunni Muslims
are not an ethnic group.
com/article/topNews/idCAKCN0Z60OR) a statement on state news agency IRNA, referring to the militants as takfiri, a term used for hardline Sunni Muslims
who see other Muslims as infidels.
We are Egyptian citizens, and we have the right to celebrate what we believe in, the same as Sunni Muslims
and Copts," Al-Hashemi added.
Third, the prominent Sunni Muslims
have lost their political motivation.
tribal figures have demanded a freeze on military action on civilian areas as one of the conditions for their support of Abadi's Shi'ite-led government against Islamic State.
militant groups have threatened to carry out attacks against Hezbollah following its military intervention in Syria.
The call by one of the most prominent Sunni Muslim
clerics underscores widening sectarian divisions in the region over the war in Syria.
Tensions between the Shia leadership and the country's Sunni Muslim
minority are at their worst since American troops left in December 2011, and the conflict in Syria is also straining Iraq's fragile communal balance.
Baquba, Iraq: Two bombs exploded outside a Sunni Muslim
mosque in the Iraqi city of Baquba as worshippers left after Friday prayers, killing at least 43 people in one of the deadliest attacks in a month-long surge in sectarian violence.
A year ago, the battle for Syria seemed to be turning into a straightforward struggle between the Sunni Muslim
majority - some 70 per cent of the population - and the various minorities - Shia, Christian, Alawite and Druze - who backed the Assad regime because they feared Sunni domination.
The attack was carried out by extremists from Pakistan's Sunni Muslim
majority on Sunday, according to police.
Many Sunni Muslim
groups have denounced the Iranian president's visit to Cairo and have called on Egypt's government to prevent Ahmadinejad from visiting any religious sites that are significant to Shia Muslims.
Hardline Sunni Muslim
MPs presented a motion to parliament calling her "an actress with an extremely bad reputation", according to Bahrain's English language Gulf Daily News.