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Sunnis living in fear in Baghdad

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Muslims take part in Friday prayers in Baghdad, Iraq. (Source: CBS) Muslims take part in Friday prayers in Baghdad, Iraq. (Source: CBS)

BAGHDAD (CBS) - As clashes rage across the country of Iraq, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's leadership continues to be called into question.

At Friday prayers in Baghdad's Sadr City, the country's top Shiite cleric called for a new government to be set up quickly to "remedy past mistakes" - a thinly-veiled criticism of Maliki who has been accused of pursuing an anti-Sunni agenda.

Traveling to a Sunni community in Baghdad is not easy.

Getting into a Sunni neighborhood is incredibly difficult because the entire area is surrounded by large blast walls. And there's only one way in and out and that's guarded by a major checkpoint.

Taxi driver Ali and his wife and daughter said that Shiite militias have recently begun a campaign of intimidation.

"I swear," he said. "The situation in Sunni neighborhoods in general is not good. My brother was arrested a month ago and we can't find him.  The day before yesterday they dropped a dead body on the highway near our neighborhood."

Ali says he and his family are trapped. He said if he had enough money, they would leave the country.

He made a prediction when asked what he thought will happen to Iraq.

"I swear," he said. "There is no future in Iraq."

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