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Syrian opposition is a movement of clubs, squares, and festivals: Maliki
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c_330_235_16777215_0___images_stories_edim_Maliki99.jpgIraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said Monday that the so-called Syrian coalition opposition has no real presence on the ground. It is a movement of clubs, squares and festivals because those who are in Syria are the terrorists, the criminals and killers, asserting that Iraq will stand against reaching of those criminals to authority in Syria.

In an interview with al-Manar TV broadcast Monday, Maliki harshly criticized Saudi Arabia for its open support for the terrorism and said that Riyadh lives the dream of toppling Syria, Iraq and Lebanon, but it will not succeed.

He called Saudi Arabia to stop interfering in the Iraqi affairs and to respect the interests of Iraq.

He called on the international community to support the Syrian government in countering these terrorist organizations and give the Syrian people the chance to practice its right to self-determination.

Maliki said that Saudi Arabia has turned into a state of problems due to its policies in supporting terrorists in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and other countries.

The Iraqi premier reassured that the political solution is the only one for solving the crisis in Syria, calling on all the Syrian sides and the international community to adopt a political solution to the crisis.

He called on Saudi Arabia to stop arming the terrorists’ in Syria, asserting that if the Arab country doesn’t stop that, the war will spill over the borders as it has stricken Iraq and Lebanon and would affect Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Turkey.

Militants attack balloting center

Meanwhile militants wearing military uniforms carried out an overnight attack against a balloting center in a remote area of the country's north and killed 10 guards, a senior police official said on Tuesday.

According to AP, an unknown number of militants showed up at the polling center late Monday in Daqouq village outside the northern city of Kirkuk, deputy police chief Maj. Gen. Torhan Abdul-Rahman Youssef said. He added that they were there to carry out a search, but instead shot and killed the 10 guards, eight of whom were village residents.

Daqouq is located about 260 kilometers (162 miles) north of the capital, Baghdad.

The attack was the latest in a surge of attacks around the country as Iraq gears up for crucial parliament elections on April 30. The attack came as Iraq's government struggled to keep a lid on a surge in sectarian violence that has sent bloodshed soaring to levels not seen since the country was pushed to the brink of civil war in 2006 and 2007.

It was part of an ongoing effort by militants to derail elections in Sunni-dominated areas. It came just hours after a series of suicide bombings and other attacks across Iraq killed at least 33 people.

The violence has led to a cancellation of balloting in parts of the Sunni-dominated Anbar province, which is engulfed in clashes between security forces and al-Qaida-inspired militants. The militants have seized and are holding parts of the provincial capital, Ramadi, and almost all of the nearby city of Fallujah.

More than 9,000 candidates are taking part in the elections and will vie for 328 seats in parliament.

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