Arab States Weekly Review 1st – 7th Jan 2011

A bomb attack on a Coptic Christian church in Alexandria (Egypt) killed at least 21 Egyptians, fuelling anxiety amongst co-religionists in the Middle-East who have recently felt beleaguered. It is still unclear who is behind the attack.

Muqtada Al-Sadr, a leading anti-Western Shia cleric, returned to Iraq after spending three years in exile in Iran. Al-Sadr is a crucial backer of Iraq’s new coalition government.

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