Shiite cleric’s execution jeopardizes regional security (ANALYSIS)

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Iraqi men protest against the execution of Shiite Muslim cleric Nimr al-Nimr in Saudi Arabia, during a demonstration in Najaf January 4, 2016. Photo by Alaa al-Marjani, courtesy of Reuters.

Iraqi men protest against the execution of Shiite Muslim cleric Nimr al-Nimr in Saudi Arabia, during a demonstration in Najaf January 4, 2016. Photo by Alaa al-Marjani, courtesy of Reuters.

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(RNS) Saudi Arabia and Iran are engaged in a regionwide power struggle that is exacerbating the historic Sunni-Shiite split.