Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said that the axis of extremism, exclusion and elimination which was formed by certain countries in the region has been defeated in every battlefield it entered after being faced by an opposing axis.
In an interview given to al-Mayadeen TV on Friday, al-Maliki said that this axis of extremism has been defeated in Syria, as the world has come to realize that those who are fighting the Syrian government on the ground are al-Qaeda terrorists.
He asserted that al-Qaeda and affiliated terrorist organizations like the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) and Jabhat al-Nusra were brought into Iraq as part of a plot to bring down Baghdad, the political process in it, and the Iraqi constitution, affirming that the events in al-Anbar province of Iraq are the result of a foreign conspiracy implemented by elements inside the country, but the Iraqi army curbed this plot and prevented it from spreading to other provinces.
In another interview given to BBC, al-Maliki said that Iraq's position regarding the crisis in Syria was correct, whereas the Arab League and some Security Council members assumed erroneous positions that led to bloodshed in Syria and the escalation of the crisis in it.
Al-Maliki also said that Saudi Arabia, which is enslaved by political and sectarian mentality and conceptions, interferes blatantly in Iraq's internal affairs, helps terrorists to enter it, and pay them.
Death toll from rally bombings jumps to 33
Meanwhile, the death toll from twin bombings that struck a political rally in the Iraqi capital ahead of next week's parliamentary election rose to 33, officials said Saturday.
Friday's attack by ISIS came at the height of campaigning ahead of Wednesday's polls, the first since U.S. troops withdrew in late 2011 and with Maliki seeking reelection.
A car bomb followed by a suicide attack hit the rally for the Sadiqun bloc, the political wing of the Asaib Ahel al-Haq (League of the Righteous) militia, killing 33 people and leaving more than 100 wounded, security and medical officials said.
The ISIL said the attack was to avenge the League's involvement in neighboring Syria.
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