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Iraqi lawmaker says US covers up Saudi plots against Iraq

by Guy Billout

Press TV

A member of Iraq’s Free Iraqiya Party says the United States covers up the Saudi efforts to destabilize Iraq, Press TV reports.

Aliya Nassif told Press TV that Washington is not serious in its claim of intention to provide security for the Iraqi nation.

The Iraqi lawmaker also stated that Saudi Arabia triggers violence and insecurity in the region, particularly in Iraq, by supporting Takfiri terrorists.

Recently, cables were released about a secret memo by Christopher Hill, former US ambassador to Iraq, sent to the US Department of State in September 2009, in which it was mentioned, “Saudi Arabia constitutes the biggest challenge and the problem is more complex in relation to the Iraqi politicians who are trying to form a stable and independent government.”

Hill also said “intelligence sources reported that Saudi Arabia is based in the effort to destabilize the government of [Iraqi] Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.”

The former US envoy added that Riyadh funds attacks by al-Qaeda in Iraq.

Iraq has seen a surge in violence since the beginning of this year. More than 4,000 people have died in terrorist attacks so far in 2013, with Baghdad province being the worst hit.

The United Nations said on August 1 that over 1,000 Iraqis were killed and more than 2,300 people were wounded in acts of terrorism and violence in the month of July, making it the deadliest month in Iraq since 2008.

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