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Saudi Arabia warns of civil war in Iraq

Published on Jun 18, 2014 9:45 PM
 
Kurdish Peshmerga forces fire missiles during clashes with militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) jihadist group in Jalawla in the Diyala province, on June 14, 2014. Saudi Arabia warned on Wednesday of the risks of a civil war in Iraq with unpredictable consequences for the region, after Sunni militants seized large areas from Shi'ite-led government forces. -- PHOTO: AFP

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia (AFP) - Saudi Arabia warned Wednesday of the risks of a civil war in Iraq with unpredictable consequences for the region, after Sunni militants seized large areas from Shi'ite-led government forces.

The unrest "carries warning signs of a civil war with unpredictable consequences for the region," Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal said at the opening of an Islamic bloc meeting in the Red Sea city of Jeddah.

Saud renewed Saudi accusations that "sectarian policies of exclusion" of Iraq's Sunni Arab minority implemented by Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's government were responsible for the violence.

This paved the way for countries with "bad intentions" towards Iraq "to go ahead with plots threatening its security, stability, national unity and sense of Arab identity," he said.

 
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