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Iraq suspends 10 TV stations amid unrest

Al Jazeera, others accused of raising sectarian tension

BAGHDAD — Iraqi authorities suspended the operating licenses of pan-Arab broadcaster Al Jazeera and nine Iraqi TV channels on Sunday after accusing them of escalating sectarian tension. The move signaled the Shi’ite-led government’s mounting worries over deteriorating security amid Sunni unrest and clashes that have left more than 180 people dead in less than a week.

The suspensions, which took effect immediately, appeared to target mainly Sunni channels known for criticizing Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s government. Apart from Al Jazeera, the decision affected one Shi’ite and eight Sunni channels.

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