Iraq's Kurdish-Arab tensions in the disputed Nineveh province may create a human rights catastrophe for minority groups that have faced rising attacks since the 2003 US invasion, a rights group said on Nov. 10. Baghdad's Arab-led government and ethnic Kurds controlling a semi-autonomous northern enclave are battling over issues of wealth and power as the nation tries to thrash out tricky constitutional issues after the fall of dictator Saddam Hussein. "Before we understood that we had a totalitarian government and therefore abuses happened. But now we are supposed to be free and democratic. This democracy is killing us," an Assyrian Christian elder was quoted as saying by Human Rights Watch (HRW). Violence in Iraq has fallen over the last two years, but bombings, drive-by shootings and other attacks are still common in Baghdad and the ethnically- and religiously-divided north. (Reuters)

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