Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has called on the United States and its allies to stop providing weapons to the militants in Syria.
On Wednesday, the Iraqi prime minister said providing the foreign-backed militant groups in Syria with arms could further ignite violence in its neighbor, Iraq.
“I am appealing to the countries that talked about supporting armed groups in Syria with weapons. I tell them, you are supporting terrorism in Iraq,” Maliki stated in his weekly televised speech.No doubt Iraqi military and security officials are keenly aware that U.S. arms shipments to so-called "moderate" groups fighting against Syria indirectly assist Al-Qaeda affiliated forces in both Syria and Iraq.
With more pressure on Syrian government troops, there is the potential for an expanded scope of operations for AQ linked forces in Syria and Iraq.
Earlier in the month Prime Minister Maliki went so far as to single out Saudi Arabia for supporting terrorist groups operating inside his country; as well as blaming Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey for sponsoring terrorism in Syria.
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