Complete coverage on

Sunni Islam

The deadly clashes that are a fact of daily life in Syria have now bled into Lebanon, where a series of sectarian shootouts this week are raising fears that a period of relative calm for the country may be nearing an end.

Latest Stories

Prosecutors begin their case in Hosni Mubarak's trial updated: Tue Jan 03 2012 11:51:00

Prosecutors began presenting their case Tuesday in the trial of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, who is accused of ordering protesters killed during the country's uprising last year.

Hosni Mubarak trial set to begin in Egyptupdated: Mon Jan 02 2012 10:38:00

Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, accused of ordering protesters killed, could face a verdict before the end of the month, a lawyer involved in the trial said Monday.

Only Iran can save Iraqupdated: Wed Dec 28 2011 11:14:00

Iraq is on the edge of the precipice as a consequence of the standoff between Shia Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and Sunni Vice President Tariq al-Hashimi, with the former accusing the latter of engaging in terrorism and the latter accusing the former of dictatorial ambitions. This crisis involves all three major sectarian and ethnic groups in Iraq, with al-Hashimi taking refuge in the autonomous Kurdish region of Iraq as a guest of Iraq's Kurdish President Jalal Talabani.

A new beginning for Iraq?updated: Sun Dec 18 2011 11:17:00

Iraq is today a shattered society, shaped by two major international wars, bombings, debilitating sanctions, civil war, emigration of millions of its best-educated people, deadly insurgency and counterinsurgency and foreign occupation over 20 years.

Gunmen kill 4 in northwest Pakistanupdated: Fri Sep 02 2011 06:39:00

Gunmen opened fire Friday on a passenger vehicle in northwest Pakistan, killing four people, a government official said.

Politicians in Iraq work to salvage power-sharing dealupdated: Fri Nov 12 2010 09:39:00

Politicians and foreign diplomats said they were doggedly working Friday to salvage a newly-minted Iraqi government power-sharing deal, a long-awaited agreement that threatened to unravel just hours after it was announced with great fanfare.

Al-Awlaki threatens Americansupdated: Tue Nov 09 2010 05:57:00

CNN's Brian Todd reports on the latest threat from Anwar al-Awlaki and his father's lawsuit against the U.S. government.

U.S.-born cleric rails against Yemen, Iran, United Statesupdated: Tue Nov 09 2010 05:57:00

An American-born cleric believed to be hiding in Yemen blasted Sunni leaders, Shiite Iran and the United States in a video posted on jihadist websites Monday.

Sunni Arabs in Iraq demanding all profits from gas fieldupdated: Wed Oct 20 2010 11:22:00

Demonstrators in a largely Sunni Arab province of Iraq demanded the future profits from a natural gas field awarded on Wednesday to a foreign consortium.

Beirut neighborhood calm after deadly clashesupdated: Wed Aug 25 2010 18:00:00

The streets in the Lebanese capital were calm Wednesday, a day after clashes between supporters of the Shiite militant group Hezbollah and a Sunni faction left there people dead.

Now U.S. should get out of Iraq's politicsupdated: Mon Aug 23 2010 09:39:00

Americans may worry that the end to the U.S. combat mission in Iraq will reignite violence and chaos there. But the fear is misplaced.

Sunni Islam's top cleric diesupdated: Wed Mar 10 2010 08:14:00

Sheikh Mohammed Sayed Tantawi, the head of Sunni Islam's top learning center, died of a heart attack on Wednesday in Saudi Arabia, Egyptian state-run television reported. He was 82.

Iraq to reinstate 20,000 former Hussein army officersupdated: Fri Feb 26 2010 11:11:00

Days ahead of national elections, Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki has announced plans to rehire 20,000 former Iraqi army officers who served under former leader Saddam Hussein.

Sunni party to boycott Iraqi electionsupdated: Tue Feb 23 2010 03:38:00

A key Sunni Arab party is boycotting Iraq's March 7 elections because of what it says was Iranian influence that led to the banning of participants in the upcoming race, including the bloc's leader.

Move to ban candidates sparks political crisis in Iraqupdated: Thu Feb 04 2010 16:15:00

Iraq's simmering sectarian tension boiled in recent days over a controversial decision banning more than 500 people with alleged ties to Saddam Hussein's Baath Party from running in next month's Iraqi national elections.

Sunni leader holds fate of Iraq's newly revised election billupdated: Thu Nov 26 2009 12:12:00

The fate of Iraq's newly revised election law again hinges on the approval of the country's Sunni Arab vice president, who is under pressure to sign the much-contested plan.

January Iraq elections face obstaclesupdated: Mon Nov 23 2009 16:56:00

The Iraqi parliament passed an amended election law Monday, but it failed to address concerns of the country's Sunni Arab vice president. That raised doubts about whether nationwide elections will take place as constitutionally required in January.

Iraq elections increasingly doubtful for Januaryupdated: Mon Nov 23 2009 15:55:00

The Iraqi parliament passed an amended election law Monday, but it failed to address concerns of the country's Sunni Arab vice president. That raised doubts about whether nationwide elections will take place as constitutionally required in January.

Kurds threaten Iraq election boycottupdated: Tue Nov 17 2009 13:48:00

Iraq's Kurds Tuesday threatened to boycott national elections scheduled for next January, casting further shadows over a vote seen as a key landmark in Washington's plan to withdraw U.S. combat troops from the country.

Bomber kills 33 at Iraq peace conferenceupdated: Tue Mar 10 2009 14:07:00

At least 33 people were killed and 20 wounded in a suicide car bombing targeting a national reconciliation conference in Baghdad, an Interior Ministry official told CNN.

Iraqi PM big winnerupdated: Thu Feb 05 2009 20:04:00

The Iraqi prime minister's political bloc sweeps the country's provincial elections. CNN's Arwa Damon reports.

Iraqi leader's coalition appears to win big in electionsupdated: Thu Feb 05 2009 20:04:00

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's coalition won most of the provinces in last week's local elections, and an underdog prevailed in Anbar, the largely Sunni Arab province, election officials said Thursday.

Iraqis to head to polls in key provincial electionsupdated: Fri Jan 30 2009 15:36:00

Iraq will be colored purple on Saturday.

Covering Iraq's electionsupdated: Fri Jan 30 2009 15:36:00

Iraqis prepare for provincial elections this weekend. Arwa Damon takes us on a ride around Baghdad to cover the story.

5 Iraqis shot dead ahead of provincial electionsupdated: Thu Jan 29 2009 18:34:00

Attackers in Iraq killed three Sunni Arab provincial election candidates and two election workers Thursday in violence that has startled an eager electorate in the run-up to the polls Saturday.

Iraqis head to the pollsupdated: Thu Jan 29 2009 18:34:00

Iraqis vote in provincial elections viewed as a referendum on the prime minister. CNN's Arwa Damon reports.

Sunni Arabs embracing local Iraq electionsupdated: Tue Jan 27 2009 15:29:00

Saddam Hatim sauntered down a Baghdad street and stopped to admire the posters of candidates for Iraq's provincial elections set for Saturday.

Iraq parliament OKs pact on U.S. troops' futureupdated: Thu Nov 27 2008 13:30:00

After months of tough negotiations and intense political wrangling, Iraqi lawmakers Thursday approved the U.S.-Iraqi security agreement, a pact that allows the presence of American troops in Iraq for three more years.

Iraq delays vote on future of U.S. troopsupdated: Wed Nov 26 2008 14:43:00

Iraqi lawmakers postponed a vote Wednesday to set a deadline for the withdrawal of U.S. troops because the nation's three major factions continue tussling over political reforms.

Time.com: Iraqi Police Convoy Attacked, 5 Killedupdated: Sun Sep 14 2008 12:00:00

Three roadside bombs planted in succession struck a police convoy in one of Iraq's most dangerous provinces on Sunday

Iraq elections law passes, but vote date in doubtupdated: Tue Jul 22 2008 14:18:00

Iraq's parliament on Tuesday passed a law setting guidelines for provincial elections, despite a boycott by Kurdish lawmakers.

Iraqi military to take control of Anbar provinceupdated: Tue Jun 24 2008 10:36:00

Iraq's Anbar province -- once dominated by Sunni insurgents but now a bastion of tribal opposition against the militants -- will soon be run by the Iraqi military.

Heads of 3 Iraqi tribes killedupdated: Tue Jun 10 2008 11:31:00

Three prominent tribal leaders, including the head of Saddam Hussein's Sunni tribe and two others who had been working for national reconciliation, were killed over the past 24 hours in northern Iraq.

Iraq-Iran talksupdated: Tue Jun 10 2008 11:31:00

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki is in Tehran, Iran, meeting with the Iranian president. CNN's Morgan Neill reports

Time.com: Christian Coin Handout Angers Iraqisupdated: Fri May 30 2008 11:00:00

The US military removed a soldier from duty in Fallujah after Sunnis complained of a Marine handing out coins that promoted Christianity

Swedish FM to Iraq's neighbors: Help Iraq to help Sunnisupdated: Wed May 28 2008 13:03:00

Sunni Arab nations like Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Jordan must pitch in on the rebuilding effort if Iraq is to witness progress and blend its Sunni population into the political fold, Sweden's foreign minister said Wednesday.

Time.com: Maliki's Imperfect Makeoverupdated: Tue May 13 2008 13:10:00

The Iraqi Prime Minister loudly insists that his fight with al-Sadr shows how his government is not sectarian. But the turnaround may be too late

Time.com: Rice: Carter Warned About Hamasupdated: Mon Apr 21 2008 19:00:00

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says the Bush administration explicitly warned former President Carter against meeting with members of Hamas

Suicide bomber kills 50 in northern Iraqupdated: Thu Apr 17 2008 14:45:00

A suicide bomber killed at least 50 people and wounded 60 Thursday by setting off an explosive vest in a crowd mourning the deaths of two sons of a Sunni Arab tribal leader, the Iraqi military said.

Time.com: An End to Female Genital Cutting?updated: Fri Jan 04 2008 11:25:00

If a law criminalizing the mutilation gets pushed through by Iraqi Kurds, it will be the first of its kind in the Middle East

Hunt for bin Ladenupdated: Sat Dec 29 2007 22:31:00

Osama bin Laden is at large, believed to be hiding in Pakistan, a country now in turmoil. CNN's Gary Nurenberg reports.

Fear and Christmas in Iraqupdated: Wed Dec 26 2007 04:08:00

CNN's Harris Whitbeck spends Christmas Eve with part of Iraq's tiny Christian community.

Rice visits Baghdad and Kirkukupdated: Tue Dec 18 2007 21:37:00

Turkish troops cross into Iraq during a visit by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. CNN's Alphonso Van Marsh reports.

Confusion over Chemical Ali's fateupdated: Tue Nov 13 2007 05:59:00

A legal debate and reconciliation politics have delayed the scheduled executions in Iraq of three Saddam Hussein-era officials and the hiatus is causing an uproar among Iraqi officials.

Assassinated sheik mournedupdated: Sat Sep 15 2007 16:53:00

Mourners gathered for the funeral of Sheik Abdul Sattar Abu Reesha, assassinated days after meeting with President Bush.

Sunni Arab bloc rejoins Iraqi parliamentupdated: Sat Sep 08 2007 12:54:00

A small Sunni Arab bloc ended its boycott of Iraq's parliament Saturday, boosting the appearance of national unity just days before key reports are due in Washington on Iraq's progress.

Time.com: Can Maliki Save His Coalition?updated: Mon Aug 06 2007 11:00:00

The Iraqi Prime Minister is trying to reconcile with the Sunni bloc that has withdrawn from his government. But he could seek new allies elsewhere

Time.com: Surge Architect: More Time Neededupdated: Wed Jun 20 2007 15:25:00

Fred Kagan tells TIME.com there are signs of progress, but September is too soon to judge if the surge has succeeded

Shiites torch Sunni people, mosques, houses updated: Fri Nov 24 2006 03:45:00

Enraged Shiites burned people to death, torched mosques and denounced Sunni leaders and the United States a day after a bloody assault on Sadr City, the Iraq capital's Shiite bastion.

Sunni leader dismayed by easing of security in Sadr Cityupdated: Wed Nov 01 2006 07:44:00

The easing of a security crackdown in Baghdad's volatile Shiite neighborhood of Sadr City may be emboldening members of Shiite death squads, a Sunni leader said Wednesday.

U.S. cracks down on Iraq death squadsupdated: Mon Jul 24 2006 18:37:00

U.S. commanders in Baghdad are focused on cracking down on Iraqi death squads responsible for killing hundreds of citizens in the capital in recent months, a military spokesman said Monday.

Iraqi cleric freed after U.S. raidupdated: Sat Jun 24 2006 07:06:00

U.S. forces released a revered 70-year-old Sunni cleric on Saturday hours after detaining him, Iraqi officials said.

Web posting: Al Qaeda in Iraq leader to target Sunni leadersupdated: Tue Jun 13 2006 15:22:00

The newly named leader of al Qaeda in Iraq threatens to attack Sunni government officials in Baghdad's fortified Green Zone, according to a statement published Tuesday on a Web site often used by insurgents.

Iraq parliament elects new leaders updated: Sat Apr 22 2006 00:54:00

Iraq finally has names for its top jobs -- more than four months after its historic general election.

Roadside bombings in Iraq kill 6updated: Sat Feb 18 2006 07:03:00

A civilian, a security guard, three local police officers and a U.S. soldier were killed in a spate of bomb attacks in Iraq Saturday, and police said they found the bodies of two shooting victims in Baghdad.

Iraqi ministry launches death squad probeupdated: Fri Feb 17 2006 08:24:00

Iraq's Interior Ministry is launching an investigation into reports of a death squad operating within the ministry, an official said Friday.

Report: Iraqi insurgency more confident, coordinatedupdated: Wed Feb 15 2006 12:30:00

A few large groups using sophisticated communications increasingly have come to dominate Iraq's insurgency, a report released Wednesday said.

Pressure on for Iraqis to form new government updated: Fri Feb 10 2006 04:41:00

With the release of certified results in last month's parliamentary elections, Iraqi officials face renewed pressure to form a new government amid a fresh outbreak of apparent sectarian violence Friday.

Rumsfeld: Bush to cut back U.S. troops in Iraqupdated: Fri Dec 23 2005 01:29:00

President Bush has authorized a reduction in U.S. combat troops in Iraq, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said Friday, talking before troops at Camp Falluja, Iraq.

'Significant increase' seen in Iraqi expatriate vote updated: Sat Dec 17 2005 10:55:00

A group that monitored the Iraqi parliamentary elections said preliminary findings show "there has been a significant increase in voter turnout" among Iraqi expatriates casting ballots in 15 countries across the globe.

'It's been a good day for Iraq'updated: Thu Dec 15 2005 02:19:00

Vote counting in Iraq began Thursday night after a surprisingly high number of voters turned out to choose the nation's first full-term parliament since Saddam Hussein's ouster.

Elections will alter political landscapeupdated: Tue Dec 13 2005 18:25:00

Iraqis started the year with a historic transitional assembly election. They voted for a constitution in October. And on Thursday they will cap their tumultuous year when many are expected vote for a full four-year parliament.

Sunni groups join forces for Iraq voteupdated: Wed Oct 26 2005 15:10:00

Iraq's Sunni Arabs, who turned out in larger numbers for a constitutional referendum after boycotting January's parliamentary vote, are now flexing their political muscles for the December 15 assembly election, Sunni Arab officials told CNN.

U.S. military death toll in Iraq reaches 2,000updated: Tue Oct 25 2005 17:45:00

The war in Iraq saw two milestones Tuesday that reflect the country's path toward democracy and its human toll as officials said the referendum on a draft constitution passed and the number of U.S. military deaths reached 2,000.

Indications crucial Iraqi province leaning toward 'yes' voteupdated: Sat Oct 22 2005 11:33:00

Voters in Diyala province -- the district north of Baghdad with a majority Sunni Arab population -- are backing the country's draft constitution, according to early figures released from last week's referendum on the law.

Vote count under way in Iraqupdated: Sat Oct 15 2005 00:22:00

By nightfall Saturday election workers in Iraq were hand-counting the millions of paper ballots cast in the war-weary nation's constitutional referendum.

Power returning to Baghdadupdated: Fri Oct 14 2005 07:12:00

Power and water began returning to parts of Baghdad early Saturday morning hours after an election-eve insurgent attack plunged 70 percent of the city into darkness.

Deal may boost Iraq constitution voteupdated: Tue Oct 11 2005 07:05:00

A deal struck in last-minute talks Tuesday night between a major Sunni Arab party and the Shiite-Kurd coalition could aid approval of the proposed Iraq constitution this weekend, sources involved in the talks told CNN.

Police: Mosque blast kills at least 25updated: Wed Oct 05 2005 11:34:00

A suicide bomb blast Wednesday inside a Shiite Muslim mosque in Hilla, south of the capital, killed at least 25 people and wounded 87 others, Iraqi police officials said.

Al Qaeda claims Iraq violenceupdated: Wed Sep 14 2005 00:41:00

Insurgents on Wednesday unleashed a spate of suicide car bombings and other attacks in Baghdad and other towns, killing at least 151 people and wounded more than 300 in one of the war's most violent days.

Committee signs Iraq's draft constitutionupdated: Sun Aug 28 2005 04:47:00

Iraq's constitutional committee approved a final draft of the Iraqi constitution and put it before the National Assembly on Sunday, despite the rejection of Sunni Arab leaders.

Sunni Arab lawmakers debate draft of Iraq constitution updated: Sat Aug 27 2005 09:17:00

Iraq's three major groups -- Kurds, Shiite Arabs and Sunni Arabs -- continue to debate the proposed constitution, striving to win over critics by Sunday.

One-day extension for Iraq constitutionupdated: Thu Aug 25 2005 06:37:00

A third midnight deadline for Iraq's proposed constitution passed without agreement Thursday, with negotiators taking another day to resolve their differences before sending the charter to voters, the country's parliament speaker said.

Rumsfeld: Iraq not fated to civil warupdated: Tue Aug 23 2005 14:40:00

U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld on Tuesday tried to dispel concern over the possibility that a civil war could erupt in Iraq between Sunni Arabs and Shiite Arabs.

Deadline near for Iraq constitutionupdated: Sat Aug 20 2005 12:17:00

The role of Islam and the relationship between Iraq's central and regional governments remain the major roadblocks in completing a draft constitution, sources told CNN on Saturday.

Iraq constitution deadline extendedupdated: Mon Aug 15 2005 11:05:00

Iraq's National Assembly voted unanimously Monday to extend for a week the deadline for negotiators to agree on a draft of the country's new constitution.

Shiite autonomy question complicates talksupdated: Thu Aug 11 2005 07:20:00

Iraqi leaders tried to overcome a roadblock -- the issue of Shiite autonomy -- on Thursday as they worked to meet Monday's deadline to draft a new constitution.

Car bombs kill 14 in Baghdadupdated: Mon Jul 25 2005 04:35:00

Fourteen Iraqis were killed Monday in two separate suicide car bombings in the country's capital, police officials and the Ministry of Defense reported.

U.S. ambassador meets top Iraqi officialsupdated: Sat Jul 23 2005 11:06:00

The new U.S. ambassador to Iraq met Saturday with leaders of the Iraq's fledgling government and said that "security challenges" cannot be met with military might alone.

Iraq's constitution-writing hits impasseupdated: Fri Jul 22 2005 15:20:00

The Sunni Arab delegation of Iraq's constitution-writing committee wants a number of assurances before it returns to the painstaking work of completing a draft document by an August 15 deadline, a Western official told CNN.

Suicide bomber kills at least 8 in Baghdadupdated: Wed Jul 20 2005 07:04:00

A suicide bomber wearing a vest packed with explosives blew himself up outside an Iraqi army recruitment center in Baghdad, killing at least eight people and wounding 28 others, police said.

Gunmen kill Sunni member of constitution panelupdated: Tue Jul 19 2005 07:50:00

Gunmen on Tuesday shot dead a Sunni Arab member of the committee drafting Iraq's new constitution, authorities said.

Bombs kill Marines, civilians in Iraqupdated: Fri Jun 10 2005 12:10:00

A car bomb exploded Friday evening in a northwestern Baghdad neighborhood, killing nine Iraqi civilians and wounding 15 others, Iraqi security forces said.

European Union delegation visits Iraq updated: Thu Jun 09 2005 09:25:00

A group of European Union members was in Baghdad Thursday, marking the first such high-level delegation visit to the country since the ouster of dictator Saddam Hussein.

Iraq leaders praise group accused of killingsupdated: Wed Jun 08 2005 06:49:00

Iraqi government officials have publicly supported a Shiite organization charged by many Sunni leaders with responsibility in the murders of their clerics and other notables.

Violence hinders Iraqi political processes updated: Thu Jun 02 2005 01:12:00

Sunni Arabs -- many of whom boycotted Iraq's elections -- began talks Thursday with members of the panel writing the country's new constitution, officials said.

Talabani: Iraq preparing for Saddam trialupdated: Tue May 31 2005 13:27:00

Former dictator Saddam Hussein could go on trial "within two months," and U.S. troops might begin leaving Iraq in large numbers by the end of 2006, Iraqi President Jalal Talabani told a group of international journalists Tuesday.

Romanian, Iraqi-American captives freedupdated: Sun May 22 2005 02:33:00

Three Romanian journalists and their Iraqi-American translator were freed after nearly two months in captivity, a spokesman for Romania's president said Sunday.

Sunni Iraqis announce political coalitionupdated: Sat May 21 2005 11:15:00

Sunni Arabs flexed their weakened political muscles, announcing Saturday the establishment of a nationwide coalition representing their religious community as they begin a three-day, mosque-closing protest.

Iraqi lawmakers OK Cabinet for new governmentupdated: Thu Apr 28 2005 02:45:00

In a milestone move, Iraq's National Assembly chose a new government Thursday following three months of political wrangling in the wake of historic elections.

Humanitarian group founder killed in Iraqupdated: Sun Apr 17 2005 03:25:00

An American founder of a humanitarian group for Iraqi civilian war casualties has been killed in a car bomb blast, a Western official said.

Shiite-Sunni violence reported near Baghdadupdated: Sat Apr 16 2005 09:30:00

There were conflicting reports Saturday over hostage-taking between Shiite and Sunni Muslims in Madain, south of Baghdad.

Acrimony dominates Iraqi assembly sessionupdated: Tue Mar 29 2005 02:43:00

The Iraqi National Assembly failed to choose a speaker Tuesday after arguments broke out among lawmakers and reporters were ordered to leave the session.

Iraq vote also a test for U.S.updated: Sat Jan 29 2005 17:24:00

The United States' plan to bring democracy to Iraq faces its most important test Sunday when Iraqis vote in their first multiparty national elections in more than 50 years.

Allawi: Iraqis may be unable to vote in some placesupdated: Tue Jan 11 2005 03:22:00

Fear of violence will keep Iraqis in some parts of the country from voting in the national elections less than three weeks away, interim Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi said Tuesday.

Shiite party headquarters bombedupdated: Mon Dec 27 2004 10:24:00

A main Sunni Muslim political party withdrew from Iraq's upcoming elections on Monday, and a suicide bomb attack on the nation's largest Shiite party killed at least six people and wounded 33 others, police said.

We recommend