The groups expressed worries over the incessant mortal clashes between the Shi'ite
devotees and security agencies, especially the police.
The main challenge to both Iran and Assad's regime was the opposition of Iraq's poor Shi'ite
Arabs to both Tehran's efforts to keep Baghdad under its control and Assad's reliance on Iraqi financial aid.
Buses began evacuating hundreds of people from two rebel-besieged Shi'ite
villages in north-west Syria on Friday and rebels began to leave two towns near Damascus with their families, under a deal between the government and insurgents.
The PMF groups want to join the QF-guided Zaidi Shi'ite
rebels of the Houthi clan, whose north-western province of Sa'da borders Saudi Arabia and is out of bounds for the Iraqi Safawis.
Bahrain: As many as 11,000 Shi'ite
Bahraini women are unable to divorce their husbands because religious and political leaders blocked a law that would grant them increased rights in domestic disputes, according to an MP.
Saudi Arabia has put 32 people on trial, including 30 members of its own Shi'ite
Muslim minority, accused of spying for Iran, several local newspapers and television reported on Monday.
The latest clash is driving up oil prices, deepening a sectarian divide and sparking new violence in the region, reports Sam Wilkin for Reuters: "Saudi Arabia cut ties with Iran on Sunday and fellow-Sunni Bahrain followed suit on Monday, two days after Iranian demonstrators stormed the Saudi embassy in Tehran in protest at Riyadh's execution of a senior Shi'ite
cleric." Saudi Arabia is the second largest petroleum producer, and Iran is seventh.
RIYADH -- A suicide bomber blew himself up at a Shi'ite
mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia during Friday prayers, residents said, and up to 30 people were reported to have been killed or wounded.
While Hagel was in Baghdad, a bomb blast and mortar fire killed seven Shi'ite
pilgrims bound for the holy city of Karbala'.
A suicide bomber killed at least 27 Shi'ite
militiamen outside the Iraqi town of Jurf al-Sakhar on Monday after security forces pushed Islamic State militants out of the area over the weekend, army and police sources said, reports Reuters.
A senior Shi'ite
cleric has described a US report on religious freedom in Bahrain as an attempt to divide the country along sectarian lines.
BAGHDAD Thu Dec 19, 2013 (Reuters) - A suicide bomber blew himself up near a funeral tent on Thursday, killing at least 10 Shi'ite
Muslim pilgrims in southern Baghdad's mainly Sunni neighborhood of Doura, police sources said.