MALIKI´S IRAQ NOW SPLITTING? / Factions pulling nation in 3 different directions (WND-WORLD NET DAILY) From Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin WASHINGTON 04/30/12)
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WASHINGTON – Some of Shi’ite Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s
leadership decisions have had the effect of boosting Sunni-Shi’ite
conflict, leading some regional observers to suggest that the country
may be heading for a three-way split, according to a report in Joseph
Farah’s G2 Bulletin.
That split would mean that a portion of the country would be under
Shi’ite influence, another portion under Sunni control and a third up
north under Kurdish rule.
Concerns over a sectarian conflict have increased since U.S. troops
left Iraq last December. Al-Maliki has kept Sunnis out of his
government, which has prompted more Sunni opposition.
The Iraqi prime minister recently caused serious internal dissension
after canceling a scheduled reconciliation conference that was to be
held earlier this month. The conference was supposed to bring these
factions together to settle differences.
The cancellation, however, has had the effect of emphasizing the
differences even more. In addition, Al-Maliki had accused his Sunni
vice president, Tariq al-Hashimi, of terrorism and he escaped the
country and has been hiding out in Saudi Arabia and Qatar. Officials
there refuse to hand over al-Hashimi to the Iraqi’s Shi’ite
In addition, al-Maliki also has been a major supporter of the
embattled regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, a position that
also has created consternation especially with Saudi Arabia.
The Saudis have gone so far as to call al-Maliki an Iranian agent,
given his closeness to the Iranian government.
Al-Maliki also is at odds with Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan,
who has warned the Iraqi prime minister that Turkey could intervene
in Iraq should there be a sectarian conflict. Turkey has sent in
troops in the past into the northern part of Iraq to chase down
members of the outlawed Kurdish PKK terrorist group whose members use
the area as a base from which to launch attacks into Turkey.
Erdogan, also a Sunni, backs the Saudis and, like them, is concerned
about the plight of the minority Sunnis in Iraq since the Shi’ites
took power after the overthrow of the Sunni regime of President
Saddam Hussein by U.S. and coalition forces in March 2003.
Turkey also is experiencing increasing tensions with Syria due to the
growing sectarian conflict occurring there.
“Esteemed Maliki should know this – if you start a period of conflict
in Iraq within a sectarian struggle, it will be impossible for us to
remain silent,” Erdogan recently warned.
For some time, Turkey has sought Sunni and Kurdish support while
Iraqi Shi’ites have gravitated toward Iran. In response, al-Maliki
has declared Turkey to be a “hostile state” with a sectarian agenda.
In backing the Kurds, Erdogan also has his eye on the oil in the
northern part of Iraq under Kurdish control. Al-Maliki recently
halted oil exports from the region, upsetting the Kurdistan regional
While Iraq is Turkey’s second largest trading partner, with more than
half with the Kurdistan region, the ensuing sectarian conflict poses
the prospect of spilling over throughout the region. (© 2012
WorldNetDaily.com, Inc. 04/30/12)
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