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Iraq's Maliki warns of "the virus of terrorism" without aid from international community

Thursday, October 31, 2013 - 01:30

Oct. 31 - Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki visits Washington with hopes of securing additional military aid and warns that without help, ''the virus of terrorism'' will spread. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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Protesters await Iraq's prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki as he prepares to address the U.S. Institute of Peace in Washington, DC. The Iraqi Prime Minister is in Washington seeking military supplies. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) IRAQI PRIME MINISTER NURI AL-MALIKI SAYING: "We don't tell the world to stand by us and support us, rather, we have a right to ask of the world, because we are part of them. And, because if what happens in Iraq is not dealt with, it will expand, and what happens in Syria, if not dealt with, will also expand, and what happens in any country where the virus of terrorism lives, this virus will spread." A surge of violence in Iraq has reversed a decline in sectarian bloodshed that peaked in 2006-2007. On Thursday alone, bomb attacks across the country killed at least 16 people. Nevertheless, Maliki says Iraq's biggest accomplishment has been uniting its people. (SOUNDBITE)(Arabic) IRAQI PRIME MINISTER NURI AL-MALIKI SAYING: "The best achievement that we were able to accomplish was to reunite Iraqis. We started again work based on allegiances to Iraq and not based on any sectarian or religious allegiances. Yes, some people still think like that, but we are on the way to end this kind of thinking." U.S. lawmakers have said they were open to providing military assistance but only if Baghdad makes significant changes.

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Iraq's Maliki warns of "the virus of terrorism" without aid from international community

Thursday, October 31, 2013 - 01:30