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Iraq's prime minister slams Saudi Arabia, Qatar for supporting terrorists

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Iraq's beleaguered prime minister on Saturday accused two Arab nations, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, of providing material support and weapons to terrorist groups such as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), and other insurgent groups, during an appearance on a TV news show in Europe.

In an interview with a French television station, Prime Minister Nouri Maliki accused the two oil-rich countries fighting a war on Iraq by proxy.

Both Qatar and Saudi Arabia are monarchies with large-numbered royal families.

Maliki also told the news anchor he believed the Saudi Arabian government is a major supporter of terrorist organizations throughout the world and the Saudis continue to export their brand of extremist Islam known as Wahhabism, according to an Examiner news story.

Iraq is currently experiencing a disturbing number of deadly and destructive terror attacks which is attributed to the malcontent Sunni Muslims who are a minority in the country. Maliki also blamed the civil war in Syria for the upswing in violence.

Maliki, a member of the majority Shiite Muslim sect, claims that radical groups connected with Saudi Arabia and Qatar are seeking to setup a caliphate in Iraq instead of a western-style democracy..

In 2013, Iraqis witnessed the highest number of deaths since the insurgency was on the decline in 2007, according to the United Nations. According to UN figures, the violence last year caused close to 9,000 deaths and tens of thousands of casualties.



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