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Iraq under threat of deterioration from regional interference
Thu Aug 16, 2012 5:7PM
Interview with Sa’ad al-Motallebi, State of Law Coalition, Baghdad
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Unfortunately, we have very complicated circumstances happening in Syria and a lot of al-Qaeda is transferring their activities from Iraq into Syria and vice versa. Also, we have a complicated political situation with KRG, the Kurdistan Regional Government."

More than 100 Iraqis have been injured and some killed in a deadly wave of bombings and shootings across the country.


Press TV has interviewed Sa’ad al-Motallebi, State of Law Coalition, Baghdad, about what and who might be triggering the resurgence in violence there. What follows is an approximate transcript of the interview.

Press TV: Why do you think there has been a spike in attacks and violence in the past month. Do you see any relation to the current situation in Syria as the terrorist groups there are getting support from the US and its allies?

al-Motallebi: Yes, I think one of the factors, one of the reasons for the escalation of violence in Iraq could be for regional reasons from regional interferences.

Unfortunately, we have very complicated circumstances happening in Syria and a lot of al-Qaeda is transferring their activities from Iraq into Syria and vice versa.

Also, we have a complicated political situation with KRG, the Kurdistan Regional Government. Usually whenever we have differences with Kurdistan there would be an escalation of violence.

We are not sure of the relationship between the two events, but we cannot escape the fact that there are may be regional interference from inside Iraq or from Syria and definitely Turkey and Saudi Arabia will always be accused of instigating unrest in Iraq.

Press TV: Who would benefit from a resurgence of unrest in Iraq?

al-Motallebi: The enemies of Iraq, enemies of democracy, enemies of those who are now trying to create a new environment in Syria definitely will be part of these beneficiaries of any deterioration we see here in Iraq.

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