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Grateful for Russia, China support: Iraqi ambassador
July 6, 2014, 6:20 am

Civilians and security forces inspect wreckage at the site of a car bomb explosion at the Ashar neighborhood in central Basra, 340 miles (550 kilometers) southeast of Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday, July 5, 2014 [AP]

Civilians and security forces inspect wreckage at the site of a car bomb explosion at the Ashar neighborhood in central Basra, 340 miles (550 kilometers) southeast of Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday, July 5, 2014 [AP]

International co-operation was needed to defeat the current insurgency in Iraq according to the Iraqi ambassador to South Africa, Dr. Hisham Al-Alawi.

“The insurgency is not only an Iraqi problem, but an international problem, so it requires international co-operation to be defeated,” he told The BRICS Post in an exclusive interview on Saturday.

Despite a splintering of al-Qaida’s leadership, there is a general offensive by insurgents in a range of countries stretching from Pakistan to Libya. In Afghanistan, a summer offensive is underway in parts of the country, while the Pakistani Taliban has increased its activity. Jordan has seen clashes between insurgents and security forces. Egypt is experiencing a rise in attacks, while in Libya there have been clashes between rebels and government forces.

The capture of Iraqi cities Mosul and Tikrit by the insurgents in mid-June sent oil prices to a nine-month high. Iraq is the world’s third largest oil exporter, behind Saudi Arabia and Russia.

“Our security forces have regained control of the university campus in Tikrit and are continuing mopping-up operations in the city, but it will take some time as the insurgents have planted many roadside bombs,” Al-Alawi said.

He said the Iraqi government was grateful for the support shown by countries such China, Russia, Iran, the United Kingdom and the United Sates.

China will back Iraq’s efforts to safeguard independence and fight terrorism, the Foreign Ministry said on Friday.

“We have received Sukhoi jets from Russia and we are awaiting the delivery of some F-16 jets from the United States. Iran has offered military assistance if our government requests it, so there is both moral and material support from around the world,” he said.

“The insurgents have killed more than 2 000 unarmed men, women and children in a bid to sow fear amongst civilians, so between half a million and a million people have fled the areas they control to places of safety,” he noted.

“The insurgents are mostly from the security apparatus of the old dictatorship. They have tried to paint this as a sectarian conflict, but this is not so, as the head of the army and the head of the special forces are Sunni, with nine out of 14 divisions are led by Sunni generals. We have divided our revenue amongst the provinces based on population and the two poorest provinces are in fact Shia to the south of Baghdad,” he said.

The Shias, the largest group in Iraq, account for 60 per cent of Iraq’s population and control the central government. In the north, the Kurds with 15 per cent of the population have their autonomous region, while the Sunnis have a 20 per cent share. The remaining 5 per cent are made up of other smaller minorities such as Christians.

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s alliance of Shia parties won parliamentary elections in April and the first session of the new parliament was held on 1 July.

“We have had three elections in the past decade and reduced unemployment from 30 per cent in 2003 to 11 per cent last year. We are committed to a democratic united federal state with respect for human rights and the rule of law. The insurgents have committed war crimes, executed 14 prominent Sunni imams and destroyed holy shrines. This is a pattern that they have carried out in other parts of the world, which is why we say this is a global threat and we need international co-operation to defeat it,” Al-Alawi concluded.

Experts however say the dissolution of Iraq into Shia, Sunni and Kurd looks increasingly likely.

“In the event of a military campaign to recapture Mosul, Maliki’s forces will likely find that ISIL has swelled its ranks with thousands of the city’s young men who do not want to see a return of the “sectarian army,” writes Firas Al-Atraqchi, associate professor of Journalism at the American University in Cairo.

“These factors have effectively split Mosul from the rest of the country, partially fulfilling Yinon’s vision of a divided Iraq,” he added.


Helmo Preuss in Pretoria for The BRICS Post


7 Responses to Grateful for Russia, China support: Iraqi ambassador

  1. JiaWing He Reply

    August 4, 2014 at 12:19 am

    It feel truly wonderful when i read article like this, make me think that the world is heading in the correct direction.

    Reading articles from other sites at the moment just makes me feel sad, when you read about all the violence, and the jumping to conclusion that make it sound like the world is heading to a WW3.

    I wonder why main stream western media never cover some of these articles

    • The Sim Reply

      August 21, 2014 at 11:56 pm

      Lamestream western media are working towards creating WWIII, that’s why.

  2. Hong Konger Reply

    September 17, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    The US is backing both sides as usual. They tell the sunnis that shi’ites said bad things about them, and then tell the shi’ites the same thing and give them weapons/munitions to wipe each other out, just doing what England did back in the day. When will they get together and swap notes? When will they read “Lawrence of Arabia”? I’ve read the Koran and none will go to Paradise by murder, none! They must all be reading the Disney version, who was a paedophile too!
    Al Qaida and IS are CIA/MI6/MOSSAD, funded by The US Federal Reserve, Saudis and World Zionists and Afghan Opium. Their goal is never ending perpetual war. This war has been going on already for more than 100 years ever since the English found the oil and before that, the Holy Wars.
    I can just see Washington delivering war planes to be lined up along side Russian war planes, just as I saw an elephant flying and a hippo driving a bus.

    • Jim Mooney Reply

      November 17, 2014 at 3:52 am

      There was a mistranslation of the Koran. It’s not seventy-two virgins – it’s a seventy-two year old virgin ;’)

  3. Jim Mooney Reply

    November 17, 2014 at 3:45 am

    Until we stop backing and excusing the true fount of terrorism, the Dark Ages Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, this will go on and on.

  4. Jaqua Shabazz Reply

    May 27, 2015 at 11:34 pm

    Jim mooney there is no verse in Al Koran that says you get virgins in Paradise, I know because I happen to have read it from cover to cover. maybe you were not trying to be funny but really under the mistaken impression that it said so.but it doesn’t so I would appreciate it if you would stop saying things about my holy book that are not true.

  5. Jaqua Shabazz Reply

    May 28, 2015 at 12:00 am

    Hong konger if you really did read Al Koran I have to wonder if you done so with veils of hate and wickedness over your eyes and heart.I say this because there isn’t a single verse that mentions the age of the last wife of The Prophet (peace be upon him) yet you accuse him of being a pedophile as if you were there and bore witness to it. I think you must not be familiar with how many countless Muslims outright reject the idea of him being married to a little girl because of the description it gives about the mindset of a woman before she can be married. It says she should be “grown up” and “of sound mind,” does that sound like an 8 year old girl to you? if you were saying it because you really thought it was true that is one thing but its not so please stop spreading these vicious lies about the man who ALLAH selected to bring the revelation of my faith because I hold it dear and it makes me feel bad when people are so disrespectful.

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