Friday, December 31, 2010

Iran detains seven alleged Al Qaeda members

Iran reportedly arrested 7 members of Al Qaeda yesterday. Al Qaeda identifies with Sunni, while Iran is predominantly Shia ( Shi'ite ). The largest Sunni-majority state in the Middle East is Saudi Arabia where Wahhabism, a theological branch within the Sunni school of tradition, is very widely embraced. The Talibans in Afghanistan are also known to identify with Sunni, and under the heavy influences of Wahhabism. However, there is also a fairly sizable number of Shia in Afghanistan. Besides Shi'ite, Shia can also be spelt as Shiah or Shi'ah for 'googling'.

Iran's media watches Shia clampdown in M'sia