Iraqi PM Takes ‘Soft Line’ on Syria

Move Seen as Backing Iran Over US

Speaking today about the crackdown in neighboring Syria, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki took an extremely soft position, insisting that Syrian ruler Bashar Assad should “quicken the implementation of reforms.” In the wake of President Obama’s calls for Assad’s immediate ouster, the comments are seen as evidence that the Shi’ite-dominated government in Iraq is taking a position more in line with Iran than with their US occupiers.

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Author: Jason Ditz

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