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Rafidain TV- June 12, 2014

Association of Muslim Scholars issued an urgent letter to the Iraqi revolutionaries. The text, translated from the original Arabic is stated below:

Because of the great victories that God has bestowed upon you, and for the enormous defeats that enemies of the Iraqi people have suffered, including the destruction of their bases, which is a reminder of autumn leaves falling off trees, it is necessary to bring the following issues to your attention:

We seek triumph over the enemies and for the enemies’ plots to be shattered. God willing, we will have more victories in the coming days, and therefore we emphasize on the following: 

1) God has willed victory for you, which is a blessing we should be grateful for.

2) Your gains have received extensive coverage both inside and outside of Iraq, and naturally the enemy will use all its might to advance its conspiracies. They seek to defame the revolutionaries. 

3) The most immediate task at hand is the victory of the revolution. You must earn the people’s trust. Revolutionaries must be at the people’s service, because they want to remove the chains of injustice. You must strive for this goal, and you must make every effort to have each liberated city stand as a symbol and an example for others to follow.

4) You must realize that liberating people from the yoke of their oppressors will not be easy. But the main challenges will emerge after freedom has been attained. The revolutionaries in Mosul have in particular begun to provide basic daily services for the people so far. But we must take into consideration that Mosul is a great city, and therefore, it needs a separate local administration, something that bears great significance for the revolutionaries. In this respect, a local council of revolutionaries must be formed , which would be comprised of people from all sectors of society.

5) The revolutionaries must open their hearts to the people and genuinely understand the challenges they face, while focusing their efforts to resolve them.

6) Efforts must be made to meet people's needs as much as possible. The fate of tens of thousands of families depends on it.

7) The revolutionaries in Mosul, Salahuddin, and other liberated areas must take this issue into consideration.

8) Treatment of minorities must be based on our religious teachings. One must demonstrate an extremely positive image of the revolutionaries to the world, and all kinds of shameful acts must be avoided. This is necessary to protect minorities and their beliefs.

9) Regarding other countries, especially neighboring countries, pay attention to a very important issue. The hostage-taking of Turkish consulate members and others has created a dilemma. This act has not at all been in the interest of revolutionaries and their movement. Therefore, no one can be permitted to act against the people’s will. 

10) Under the current circumstances, the most important issue is to preserve the unity of all, and the devil must not be given the opportunity to pursue his plots. By the same token, no one must be allowed to take a strategic decision in this regard. The real revolutionaries are thirty million Iraqis, period. The Iraqi people began their peaceful demonstrations since February 25, 2011 in nearly 16 cities. A few months after that, however, Maliki responded by opening fire on them. Consequently, demonstrations and protests spread to 6 provinces, and the Iraqi people staged sit-ins for over a year to press for their legitimate demands. However, Maliki's responded with an iron fist and more bullets. He attacked the people using tanks and heavy weaponry, killing and injuring hundreds of people in the process. The Iraqi people had no other option but to defend themselves accordingly. This is a revolution that belongs to the people, and any particular faction or group that thinks it is in the position of leadership is delusional. The children of this revolution have decided to have a mutual understanding with all those who stand with them in their struggle against oppressors. At the same time, the revolutionaries will not allow anyone, regardless of who they are, to highjack their revolution, just as they will not allow anyone to sow the seeds of division among the revolutionaries, as it happened in Syria; a conspiracy that is not in the interest of anyone but the enemies of Iraq and the Iraqi people.

11) The clear slogan of the revolutionaries is what the Prophet Mohamed (Peace be upon Him) taught after conquering Mecca: mercy and forgiveness. And this is the path on which our revolutionary children walk. Forgiveness is the way into people’s hearts. Tyrants, however, must be tried in a court of law at the proper time. They will be handed over to a just tribunal, which would bear absolutely no resemblance to the sectarian and political trials run by Maliki. These legitimate tribunals will not be forums for legitimizing murder. Maliki's judiciary bears contradicts both the actions of the Prophet Mohammed as well as humanity or rationality. 

12) The goal that now lies before the revolutionaries is reaching Baghdad and this is their right. The regime in Baghdad is an exporter of tyranny and crime against the people. This is the regime's sole conduct, which has put no other option in front of the revolutionaries but to try to end the tyranny. In this regard, we warn against certain calls about going towards Najaf and Karbala. Such calls are unacceptable and irresponsible, regardless of the identity of people who issue them. They will lead to nowhere but the defeat of the revolution and its diversion from its real goal of helping the innocent towards causing division among an otherwise united people. Everyone knows that the majority of the Iraqi people in the south reject Maliki and his gang, and that like the rest of the people in Iraq, they too are suffering from immeasurable poverty, extreme tyranny and the trampling of their honor and rights by the dominant parties and criminal militias. We advise all the revolutionaries to shun actions with sectarian origins. This is exactly what the well-known large and small governments who are carrying out their destructive agenda against Iraq and the entire region want. 

We are all children of one united country and we all endeavor to end tyranny against all Iraqis without eulogizing a particular religion or sect over others. We seek the victory of all religions and the triumph of good over evil. Yet we do not see any differences between particular individuals or religions because we all share this land and equally determine its future. 

These were our urgent considerations and we hope that you accept them from your brothers. These were considerations that come from previous experiences and will help you to achieve your goals. When it comes to our collective interests, we will continue to communicate with you until the great victory. 

May God protect and help you and bring disgrace to your enemies. 

Secretariat of Iraq’s Association of Muslim Scholars

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Monday, 16 June 2014 00:00

Iraq's Revolution

By Struan Stevenson 


The current uprising in Iraq has come as no surprise to those of us who have watched the deteriorating situation over the past 18 months. Residents of six Sunni provinces of Iraq staged sit-ins in December 2012 to protest against widespread repression and executions by the government of Nouri-al-Maliki. The Shiite Prime Minister completely reneged on all of his commitments and agreements after assuming the US-brokered Premiership in 2010, thus fuelling sectarian strife by purging and marginalizing Sunnis and Kurds. The peaceful protests in Sunni provinces and in parts of Baghdad were confronted by suppression and lethal attacks by the Iraqi military under direct orders from Maliki. If the early warnings were not enough for the West, they were enough for people and tribes in these provinces, especially al-Anbar, who have been forced to defend themselves.

Many of Iraq's wounds are self-inflicted, resulting from failed political leadership. The World Bank lists Iraq as having one of the worst qualities of governance in the world. 'Transparency International' lists Iraq as one of the world's most corrupt countries. It has a dreadful human rights record and now is in third place after only China and neighbouring Iran in the number of people it executes. In spite of vast oil revenues, per capita income is only $1,000 per year, making it one of the world's poorest countries.
Nouri al-Maliki has focused all of his efforts on remaining in power, steadily becoming more authoritarian and repressive and implementing sectarian policies that led directly to ethnic polarisation. By tightly controlling the military and security forces from his own office, he has ensured that the very forces that could have guaranteed stability and an end to conflict have contributed to the exact opposite.

He has used those forces, with direct assistance from the fascist Iranian regime, repeatedly to attack, kidnap and murder the innocent and defenceless minorities in some of Iraq's major provinces. The predictable result has been a violent reaction by these citizens, notably the Sunnis and the alienation and growing disillusion of the Kurds. Maliki's genocidal campaign against the Sunni population of al-Anbar province has raged on for many months, inevitably sucking in spillover elements from the Syrian civil war, including factions of Al Qaeda and ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq & Greater Syria), who have capitalized on the fear and loathing of Maliki by the Sunni population.

Neither is it surprising that the popular uprising of the Sunnis followed immediately after the Iraqi elections, which were held on 30th April. It is widely believed that the results of the election are a sham. Few people accept that Maliki's 'State of Law' Party could have won 92 seats - three more than last time - following years of violence, venal corruption, repression and economic failure. There is also considerable skepticism about the alleged 62% turnout at the elections. With vicious shelling and barrel bomb attacks on schools, hospitals and civilian targets in Fallujah and Ramadi and more than 4,000 deaths so far this year in Iraq, many political leaders think that such a large voter turnout was a fiction.

Political leaders in Iraq have also expressed their dismay at widespread vote rigging during the elections. Ayad Allawi, leader of al Iraqiya, claimed that two million ballot papers were missing, raising deep suspicions that major electoral fraud took place. News that all Iraqi police and army personnel were issued with two ballot papers each, one in their camps and the other sent to their homes, compounded fears that the election was rigged.

The tribes-people of al-Anbar, Nineveh and Salahuddin decided enough was enough! They rose up in anger and frustration against Maliki's military forces whose troops quickly threw down their weapons, tore off their uniforms and fled. In a panic, Maliki claimed that terrorists had taken over Iraq's second largest city Mosul, pleading with the US for military intervention. He even invited Iran to send additional aid to bolster their elite Revolutionary guards Corps (IRGC) and terrorist QUDS force who are already on the ground in Iraq.

For the mullahs in Tehran, the fall of Maliki and his replacement with a non-sectarian, fully democratic government in Baghdad would be anathema and the Iranian President Rouhani has already stated that he will intervene in Iraq to stop the terrorists.

There is no doubt that the disruption and mistakes made by the US and UK following the 2003 invasion have contributed to Iraq's current predicament and its years of failed governance. Constant interference and manipulation by Iran has exacerbated this situation and helped to divide the nation further. The US, UN and the EU must now face up to their responsibilities. Instead of helping Maliki, they should insist on his replacement by a non-sectarian Prime Minister who can lead a government of all the Iraqi people. Iraq's survival depends on the willingness of its leaders to turn away from a narrow focus on their own power, wealth, ethnicity and faction.

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(Reuters) - The violence in Iraq is part of a broader Sunni Arab revolt that could lead to a holy war in the country, and is not just a rampage by Islamist militants from an al Qaeda splinter group, fugitive vice president Tarek al-Hashemi told Reuters on Monday.
Militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant have routed Baghdad's army and seized the north of the country in the past week, threatening to dismember Iraq and unleash all-out sectarian war.
"What happened in my country ... is desperate people revolted. Simple as that. Arab Sunni communities over 11 years faced discrimination, injustice, corruption," Hashemi said, rejecting the suggestion that militants from ISIL, also known as ISIS, alone were responsible.
"We do have about 11 to 12 armed groups, and they are being reactivated now. And we do also have political parties involved, we have ex-army officers, we have tribes, we have independent people in fact," he said in an interview in Istanbul. Hashemi, a Sunni sentenced to death in 2012 after an Iraqi court convicted him of running death squads while vice president, something he denies, has long accused Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki of a witch-hunt against his Sunni opponents.
"We have many groups beside ISIS. I am not going to deny that ISIS are existing, that ISIS are not influential. No, they are influential, very strong, could be a vanguard even in the whole operation in Mosul and other provinces, but they are not representing the whole spectrum of the groups," Hashemi said.
He warned the situation could descend into a full-blown religious war and said Iraq's most senior Shi'ite Muslim cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, had fanned the flames when he called at Friday prayers for his followers to take up arms.
"If we leave things developing on the ground there will be a possibility for wide-scale sectarian warfare," said Hashemi, who divides his time between the Gulf Arab state of Qatar and Turkey.
"The fatwa of Grand Ayatollah Sistani just put more fuel on the fire. There will be a reaction from the Arab Sunni communities and at the end of the day we are expecting a holy war between Muslim people, Shi'a and Sunnis," he said.
"We have to stop that, we should try our best to stop the bloodshed. This is the responsibility of everybody and on top of them, the United Nations," he said, calling for Maliki to resign and for the international community to intervene.
Like Hashemi, critics of Maliki say he has gained undue control over the army, police and security services, using them freely against Sunni Muslim and other political foes, while allowing grave abuses in prisons and detention centres.
Maliki has said in the past that his fight is with al Qaeda, not with Sunni Muslims as a community. He lists an end to sectarianism and militias among his core principles.
Hashemi said Maliki's leadership and the international community's abandonment of Iraq had fuelled the extremists' rise. The last U.S. troops left Iraq in late 2011, nearly nine years after the invasion that ousted Saddam Hussein.
"We are not generating ISIS, we are not generating al Qaeda ... They just left things on the ground, and because of the injustice, they pushed our youngest sons to be more extreme," Hashemi said.
"We kept warning the international community but everybody kept his eyes blind to what’s going on in Iraq. And all of a sudden, 'why has this happened in Mosul, why this happened in Salahaddin?' You should blame yourself," he said.


Reporting by Nick Tattersall; Editing by Giles Elgood

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/06/16/uk-iraq-security-hashemi-idINKBN0ER2GO20140616

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Tuesday, 24 June 2014 01:03

Unlikely Allies Aid Militants in Iraq

Radical Sunni Fighters Are Aided by Local Tribes Who Sympathize With Their Goal to Oust Baghdad Government
The Wall Street Journal
By Matt Bradley in Beirut and Bill Spindle in Amman, Jordan


Radical Sunni fighters, who seized another northern Iraqi city on Monday, are being aided by local tribes who reject the Islamists' extreme ideology but sympathize with their goal of ousting the Shiite-led government in Baghdad.
The uneasy alliance helps explain how several hundred insurgents from Islamic State of Iraq and Al Sham, or ISIS, have handily defeated a far larger, better-equipped Iraqi army and come to control about a third of Iraqi territory.
Sunni tribal leaders say mistreatment by the government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has sparked protests and militancy among their ranks that created fertile ground for the al Qaeda offshoot to emerge victorious.
"This is a revolution against the unfairness and marginalization of the past 11 years," said Sheikh Khamis Al Dulaimi, a tribal leader in the Anbar Military Council of Tribal Revolutionaries, a group that has led protests against Mr. Maliki for the past year and a half.
Officials from the U.S. and Iran, which both back the Maliki government, signaled Monday a willingness to work together to halt ISIS's momentum—though with no military coordination, the White House stressed—during talks in Vienna over Tehran's nuclear program.
President Barack Obama formally notified Congress on Monday that he would send up to 275 U.S. military personnel to Baghdad "to provide support and security for U.S. personnel and the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad." Mr. Obama last week also said the U.S. was considering other steps, including airstrikes.
The developments came after the insurgents seized the northwestern Iraqi city of Tal Afar, sparking an outflow of residents. The city was being guarded by a U.S.-trained Iraqi commander who had aimed to amass troops there and mount a counteroffensive to reclaim the city of Mosul from the rebels, said Iraqi military officials.
Last week, as militants advanced from the northern city of Mosul down the Tigris River toward Baghdad, many local Sunnis greeted them as liberators, feted them and cheered in the streets.
But as those insurgents bump against the geographical boundaries where Iraq's Sunnis are a majority, some tribesmen are reconsidering how to handle their allies of convenience. Aside from boasting of a mass execution of its enemies this week, the jihadist fighters have begun enforcing austere Islamic law at gunpoint, Iraqi officials say, in their effort create an Islamic empire, or caliphate, stretching across the boundaries of Syria and Iraq.
The tribesmen worry about Syria next door, where ISIS members are battling other Islamist fighters who are trying to oust President Bashar al-Assad's government.
"We're terrified of them. They are a problem. But we have to have priorities," said Sheikh Bashar al-Faidhi, a senior member of the Association of Muslim Scholars, a relatively moderate group of Sunni leaders that played a prominent role in resisting the U.S. occupation after 2003. "We are going to fight ISIS. But not now."
Although most observers say ISIS fighters played the dominant role in the quick military strikes last week, local Sunni politicians are taking credit for aiding the rebellion, saying the ISIS offensive was only a small part of a larger rebellion against the Maliki government that has been brewing for years.
"We don't deny that ISIS is fighting, but they are not more than 5%," Mr. Dulaimi said. "This is an Iraqi revolution."
Many Iraqi leaders now credit a Sunni-led anti-Maliki protest movement that raged in Iraq's western provinces since December 2011 for laying the groundwork for ISIS's military victories.
The protests, which were largely peaceful, aimed to roll back policies that many Sunnis claimed were discriminatory, such as an antiterrorism law that allowed law enforcement to round up thousands of Sunnis and anti-Baathist legislation that let the government disenfranchise suspected members of the former Sunni-led regime.
The prime minister's office has said that the often harsh measures are necessary to combat a worsening terrorist threat.
The protest movement was led in large part by Sunni tribesmen who say they don't identify with extremist Islam. In some cases, they included military leaders and loyalists of former President Saddam Hussein's ousted regime.
Still, their antipathy for Mr. Maliki's government has led them to support ISIS—at least temporarily.
"For Sunnis on the ground, Maliki is still seen as a bigger threat," said Nathaniel Rabkin, managing editor of Inside Iraqi Politics, a political newsletter, and an expert on the Sunni tribal network. "Given how angry so many Sunnis are about the government's policies, it makes more sense to try to own this insurgency than to disown it."
Mr. Faidhi, for example, said ISIS forces are problematic but not one that Sunni resistance fighters should actively confront as long as they are fighting a common enemy. "We're fighting against a regime backed by the United States, Iran and even Russia," Mr. Faidhi said. "The revolutionary resistance has few arms. They are fighting my enemies, as well. So why should I fight them?"
Opposition to ISIS rule could grow as the group settles in and steps up enforcement of its austere version of Islam, Mr. Rabkin said. The group has already announced some rules that are likely to offend even the most conservative Iraqis: Amputations as a punishment for theft, harsh punishments for cigarette smoking and injunctions against shrines and even grave-markers that are common in western Iraq.
But pursuing such lofty goals immediately would be foolhardy, said Mr. Rabkin. After all, the residents of Aleppo, which is Syria's second-biggest city, kicked ISIS out early this year, something he said could be repeated in Iraq. And it was angry residents of western Iraq who turned on al Qaeda-linked forces during the U.S.-backed "Awakening" movement of 2007 and 2008.
For now, Iraq's Sunnis will have to weigh two undesirable options: Life under Mr. Maliki's army or a frightening Islamist militia.
"The Iraqi official channels are exaggerating ISIS's role" in the fighting, said Abdelrazeq Al Shimmari, the head of a anti-Maliki protest group based in western Iraq. "But personally, I would say I'm with any solution with any party that can bring me salvation even if it was the devil."


http://online.wsj.com/articles/unlikely-1402962546

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At a time that the international community has broadly concluded that the removal of Maliki and the establishment of an inclusive nationalist government is the only solution to Iraq's present crisis, the Iranian regime has summoned all its might to save him.

1. The U.S. government has acknowledged that Maliki himself is the main cause of the current crisis. 
AP reported that on June 19 those who were working to remove Maliki from power "received a massive boost from President Barack Obama. The U.S. leader stopped short of calling for Nouri al-Maliki to resign, saying ‘it`s not our job to choose Iraq`s leaders’. But, his carefully worded comments did all but that. ‘Only leaders that can govern with an inclusive agenda are going to be able to truly bring the Iraqi people together and help them through this crisis,’ Obama declared at the White House." 
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, speaking at a senate hearing on June 18, said: “This current government in Iraq has never fulfilled the commitments it made to bring a unity government together with the Sunnis, the Kurds and the Shia”. And General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the hearing, “he is disappointed by the siege of the militants in Iraq… Iraq's leaders failed to unite for the good of their people”.
The White House spokesman Jay Carney said on the same day that Maliki had not done enough “to govern inclusively and that has contributed to the situation and the crisis that we have today in Iraq”.
2. Former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton told CNN on June 18: “Maliki forced out a lot of the commanders who were the most able commanders….. I know that the commander of the Quds Force is in Baghdad right now, meeting with Maliki and his advisers and supporters. They want to do for him what they did for Assad, namely… to envelop Maliki in the Iranian embrace, maybe even use their own troops in Iraq, as they did in Syria.”
3. Laurent Fabius, the French foreign minister, said on June 20 that France is hoping to see a nationalist unity government in Iraq which may be formed with or without Nouri al Maliki who has not only refused to unify with the Sunni groups, but has prosecuted them as well.
4. This same perception prevails in the U.S. House and Senate that as long as Maliki is in power this crisis can only deepen. 
Senator Feinstein (D-CA), Chair of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, told the Defense Secretary: “The Maliki government, candidly, has got to go if you want any reconciliation”.
And Senator McCain (R-AZ) urged Obama to “make it very clear to Maliki that his time is up”.
5. United States generals who have been involved in Iraq since 2003 offer the same opinion. General Petraeus, former Director of the CIA and former Commander of U.S. Forces in Iraq, endorsed the need for “a government of all the people that is representative of, and responsive to, all elements of Iraq” and said, “This cannot be the United States being the air force for Shiite militias, or a Shiite on Sunni Arab fight.”
General Garner, the first civil governor of Iraq after the occupation of that country said, “we turned our backs on the Sunnis, who helped us in 2007-2008. Then we backed Maliki in 2010 with full knowledge that he's going to disenfranchise the Kurds, persecute the Sunnis and was really a puppet of the Iranians”
6. Countries in the region are also on the same page looking at the situation. Reuters reported on June 16: 
“In the government statement, Riyadh said it was necessary to ‘preserve Iraq's sovereignty’ and rejected any outside interference in Baghdad's internal affairs. It also urged the ‘quick formation of a national consensus government’. The crisis ‘would not have happened if it wasn't for the sectarian and exclusionary policies that were practiced in Iraq in past years and which threatened its security, stability and sovereignty’, official news agency SPA cited Information Minister Abdulaziz Khoja as saying.
“Earlier on Monday, Qatar's foreign minister blamed the ‘narrow’ Shiite sectarianism of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's government in Baghdad for the crisis.
“On June 18th King Abdullah of Jordan highlighted, ‘the necessity to preserve the unity and stability of Iraq through a political process comprising all the components of the Iraqi people without exception".
7. Iraqi leaders also emphasize the same facts. Ayatollah Sistani, the Shia supreme religious leader, criticized Maliki for the first time and through his representative on June 20 and called for “the formation of an active government that enjoys widespread national support to correct the past mistakes and open a new horizon to all Iraqi people for a better future”. 
President of the Iraqi Kurdistan Region Masoud Barzani stated on June 18: “For a long time I have been warning that the situation in Iraq is on the edge of a precipice due to the flawed and exclusionary policies of those who have taken over all power in Baghdad. And presently these same people are directly responsible for this situation. … Since 2003 we have been against driving the Sunnis to the sidelines.” 
Former Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi told VOA: “We need to establish a national unity government; a government to rebuild; a government that has a two-fold responsibility. First, an immediate reconciliation in the country… Second, the establishment of non-sectarian institutions to be eventually transformed into a credible government that would encompass all Iraqis irrespective of their religious beliefs and their ethnic backgrounds… Regretfully, U.S. surrendered Iraq to Iran. In 2010, the United States and Iran were against the winner of the elections to form the government which was the Iraqiya Party -- composed of Shiites and Sunnis. There we had a real opportunity but we missed it.”
8. In such conditions, the Iranian regime is doing its outmost politically and militarily to save Maliki. Ali Akbar Velayatee - the advisor to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, told VOA on June 20: “Iran has offered assistance to Iraq. Any assistance that Nouri al Maliki’s government, as the lawful representative of Iraq, would request, we shall oblige without any restrictions… Iran trained the Syrian army and can do the same in Iraq.” Velayatee said that he has known Maliki for 30 years and that compared to others, he is the most capable leader in Iraq and as such all groups ought to help him out.
9. Khamenei has ordered the terrorist Qods Force to employ its command resources for the suppression of the Iraqi people and to save the Iraqi prime minister. Khamenei has stated that hegemony over Iraq is of strategic importance for Iran and that the governance of a ‘Shiite government’ in that country plays a decisive role in the survival of his regime and that the “defeat of Maliki will be a strategic setback for the Islamic Republic system”.
Qassem Soleimani, the Commander of the notorious Qods Force, together with 200 Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) officers of various ranks, are stationed in Iraq to supervise the developments up close. These elements, along with the Iranian regime’s Iraqi paid hands such as Asa’ib Ahl al-Haq and Kata’eb Hezbollah, are inspecting different places in Diyala and Salahaddin. 
Previously, we have stated time and again that the Iranian regime and its puppet prime minister Maliki, are the main sources of the problems in Iraq and through genocide of the Sunnis, the barbaric suppression of dissidents and prevalent state corruption, have left the country in ruins and are pushing it to an internal sectarian war. We also constantly reminded that any election conducted by Maliki would be neither free nor fair. We had called for ending the meddling of the Iranian regime in Iraq, the removal of Maliki from power, the formation of an inclusive government, and the holding of elections under UN supervision. This had been the will of the Iraqi people for a long time and it has been regrettably ignored. Now that it is abundantly clear that any solution requires Maliki’s removal, the USA and the EU should cease all assistance to him, not allowing him to prolong the war and genocidal massacre of his own people using Western assistance.

Struan Stevenson, MEP 
President of the European Parliament’s Delegation for Relations with Iraq
President, European Iraqi Freedom Association (EIFA)

22 June 2014

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