Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan – Iraqi Prime Minister, Nouri al-Maliki, stated that the city of Erbil, capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, has become a base of operations for the Islamic State groups (al-Qaeda offshoot group previously known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant ‘ISIL’).
Maliki said in his weekly televised speech that Iraq “will not stand silent in the face of Erbil to turn into a base of operations for the Islamic State, the Baathists and al-Qaeda terrorists”, accusing the Kurds of exploiting the crisis in order to establish their own alleged independent state.
Talking to ARA News, Ahmed Suleiman, member of the political bureau of the Kurdish Democratic Progressive Party in Syria, said: “Al-Maliki’s remarks against Iraqi Kurdistan indicate the depth of the crisis the Iraqi government and its head go through, and his (Maliki’s) inability to handle it.”
“Al-Maliki resorts to charges at all the different forces in Iraq, accusing them of supporting ISIL; if so, then it is the right of ISIL to impose its control over all Iraqi territories,” Suleiman sarcastically stated.
“Iraqi PM should have rather reviewed his policies towards his partners instead of releasing such hostile statements against the Kurds. He has failed in dealing with the crisis since the beginning, and he now blames the Kurds only because they secured their borders against ISIL’s danger,” Suleiman told ARA News. “Even Iraqi Shiites oppose Maliki’s government; Sistani (Shiite supreme religious figure) also called on Maliki to step down and give the opportunity for a moer qualified leader to lead Iraqi Central Government and solve the crisis.”
According to Suleiman, al-Maliki accusations against Iraqi Kurdistan and its support to ISIL are “baseless”.
“Iraqi army itself gave up protecting the citizens from ISIL attacks, while the Kurdish Peshmerga forces constantly show their full readiness to protect residents of KRG-held areas. Al-Maliki has nothing to say anymore, and accusing the Kurdistan Region of coordination with terrorists is a merely sad statement from a disabled man.”
Raman Kenjo, Kurdish political activist, told ARA News that the Iraqi PM is “unable of hiding his failure but through addressing nonsense charges against the Kurdistan Regional Government”.
“The current behaviour of Nouri al-Maliki reminds us of Bashar al-Assad (the Syrian President) who attacked Lebanese, Turkish and Jordanian borders to show that everyone should pay for the crisis he created in Syria,” Kenjo stated. “Thus, al-Maliki wants Kurds to pay for the crisis caused by his own failure.”
Reporting by: Azad Jamkari
Source: ARA News
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