US did not decide about it. US came to Iraq for stay, not for leave. actually US was forced to leave Iraq, not intended to leave Iraq. so US did not have any plan for what will happen after leave. Shia Muslims themselves are more political and have more power in Iraq. Well that is not what happened! The US Military took over Iraq and defeated the Military that was controlled by the Sunnis. After the USA defeated the Sunni Military they disbanded the Sunni Military. If the USA had left the Sunni Military in power they the Sunnis would have controlled Iraq, but the USA disbanded the Sunni Military and Sunni Government and allowed the majority Shii take over. WHY DID THEY DO IT! Saudi Arabia and the majority of Arab governments are Sunni controlled and you can bet they were not happy with the Bush Administration and the USA allowing the Shia taking over Iraq and bolstering Iran that also has a Shaei government! Why did the USA put a Shia government when they could have left Sunnis in power?
The Shiites in Iraq do not have a unified perspective on who should rule Iraq, which is why there are several Shiite-majority parties in the Iraqi Parliament. However, most Shiites would prefer if Shiites were in power over Iraq and are intensely distrustful of Sunni Arabs given the long history of repression visited on the Shiites during Sunni Arab power.
The majority is Shiites. Iraq is 97% Muslim: 60-67% Shiites and 33-40% Sunnis.
Shiites (almost 2:1)
yes. Iraq people are mostly Shia Muslims.
The shiites are located in Iran, Southern Iraq, and Southern Lebanon
Both Iraq and Iran have Sunnis, Shiites, and Kurds.
Yes. the majority of Iraq people are Shia Muslims.
Between 19,000,000 - 22,000,000
The three basic ethnic groups in Iraq are Kurds, Sunnis, and Shiites.
they support ayatollah Sistani the leader of Shia Muslims of Iraq.
No, Shiites outnumber Sunnis in Iraq. However, Sunnis over the world outnumber Shiites. World statistics is that Sunnis Muslim world percentage is 85% of total world Muslims. While Shiites are less than 15%. Refer to question below for more information.
Kurds, Sunni, and Shiites.
Iraq is 97% Muslim: 65% Shiite and 32-37% Sunni.
Iran and Iraq have the largest Shiite population.
in retaliation for Khomeini's attempts to provoke Shiites in Iraq to overthrow the Iraqi government.
SAVAK was the Iranian Secret Police under the Shah of Iran. Shiites are the sect of Islam that is dominant in Iran, Iraq, and Azerbaijan.
Sunnis are the largest sect even though they are a minority to the Shiites in Iraq
There are actually three--the Shia (or Shiites), the Sunni and the Kurds.
Iran and Iraq have been always the main centers of Shiites.
Iraq is majority Shiite, but has a significant Sunni minority.
Iraq has near 35,000,000 population with near 70% shia Muslims.
Iran,Iraq ,Bahrain & Azerbaijan.
No. Sadaam Hussein was Sunni, which did not endear him to the Shiites in Iraq or to the Shiite leadership in Iran.
Sunnis, Shiites and Kurds
Shiites. refer to related question below for more information.