Iraqi Government Accuses Saudi Arabia of Supporting Potential Iraqi Genocide

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June 17 2014 1:38 PM

Iraqi Government Accuses Saudi Arabia of Supporting Potential Iraqi Genocide

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The government of Iraqi prime minister Nuri al-Maliki said in a statement today that Saudi Arabia's alleged support of ISIS rebels makes the country responsible for "crimes that may qualify as genocide: the spilling of Iraqi blood, the destruction of Iraqi state institutions and historic and religious sites."

Regardless of the truth of the accusation (the Saudis deny it), as a political move it is 180 degrees away from the collaborative approach currently being urged on Maliki by the United States and Iran. From Reuters:

Washington has made clear it wants Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki to embrace Sunni politicians as a condition of U.S. support to fight a lightning advance by forces from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.
But the Shi'ite prime minister has moved in the opposite direction, announcing a crackdown on politicians and officers he considers "traitors" and lashing out at neighbouring Sunni countries for stoking militancy.
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The New York Times reports, meanwhile, that Maliki's "top aide in charge of reconciliation" himself rejects the idea of reconciliation:

“Now there’s a war, there’s not reconciliation,” said Amir al-Khuzai, a longtime friend of Mr. Maliki’s.
“With whom do we reconcile?” he said.

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