Former Iraqi prime minister Nouri al-Maliki, accused in a parliamentary debate Monday of responsibility in the fall of Iraq’s second largest city Mosul to IS militants in June 2014, is blaming the disaster on Turkish President Recip Tayyip Erdogan and Kurdish regional President Massoud Barzani.
Maliki, who was stripped of his mostly ceremonial post as one of Iraq’s three vice presidents in a reform plan by his successor Haidar al-Abadi, fled to Iran several days ago.
Addressing supporters in the Iranian capital Tehran, Maliki accused Saudi Arabia of aggravating the Sunni-Shi’ite conflict in Iraq and the region. He also accuses other regional players in the conflict, to the applause of the mostly Shi’ite crowd.
Maliki also blasted adversaries Turkey and Kurdistan for plotting the disintegration of his country. On his Facebook page, he accused the leaders of both of handing the Iraqi city of Mosul to the Islamic State last year. ∞∞∞∞∞ MORE »»»»