Shiites have been clearing Baghdad of Sunnis at an accelerating rate, and those who remain live under siege. Curbing sectarian cleansing was a key goal of the US troop surge, but the forced migration has only intensified throughout the country, Newsweek reports: The ranks of internally displaced persons have doubled to 1.1 million this year.
With Iraqi police in hand, Shiites now dominate once-mixed Baghdad, having essentially won the civil war. Many blame the surge, which zeroed in first on Sunni insurgents in an arrangement with Shiites. Moqtada al-Sadr proclaims he’s taken the capital for the Shiites, and US forces have adopted a caretaker role toward Baghdad’s remaining minority as Sunnis cower behind concrete barricades.