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Arming Syrian rebels equals supporting terrorism in Iraq, Maliki says

With U.S. government officials discussing arming rebels fighting the corrupt regime of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, Iraq's Prime Minister Nuri al- Maliki said on Wednesday that arming the rebels would mean providing weapons to terrorists in Iraq.

Al-Qaeda hangings in Iraq have garnered a number of condemnations and criticisms.
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Reports from Syria and Iraq reveal that Islamists fighting in Syria are also crossing the border into Iraq and helping radical Muslims create havoc in Baghdad, Ramadi, Fallujah, and other locations, according to Examiner news stories.

"The international community must take the responsibility of supporting us and helping all those who stand against terrorism. Allowing weapons to reach terrorist organizations and extremists in Syria means supporting terrorism in Iraq," Maliki said during his weekly television appearance.

"The weapons [have already] started to flow to Iraq from Syria. Five days ago the security forces struck a 15-vehicle convoy loaded with weapons coming from Syria [into] Iraq," Maliki said.

"I am appealing to the countries that talked about supporting armed groups in Syria with weapons. I tell them, you are supporting terrorism in Iraq," he claimed.

Maliki's television appearance was the result of Iraqi security forces and their allied militiamen still battling anti-government Sunni tribes and gunmen allegedly linked to al-Qaeda in and near Anbar's capital Ramadi and the city of Fallujah.

Observers claim these terrorist attacks are part of an attempt by al-Qaeda to maintain their activity in Iraq while a large number of their members are fighting in the Syrian rebellion against Bashar al-Assad's regime, according to a previous Examiner story.

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