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Maliki warns that new Iraq government could open "gates of hell"

Wednesday, August 06, 2014 - 01:16

Any unconstitutional attempt to form a new government would open ''the gates of hell'', Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki says in weekly address to the nation. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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A temple becomes a refuge in northwestern Iraq. It's now home to hundreds of Yazidis now in fear of their life. As the militant group the Islamic State gains more ground in Iraq's North, the Yazadis are a target -- considered "devil worshipers" by the militant group that is leaving a legacy of terror and death. The news from home is grim. (SOUNDBITE)(Arabic) DISPLACED IRAQI YAZIDI, ABU SHAKER, SAYING: "I received a call an hour ago from a relative there. They are walking away and leaving the dead children behind." They have carried what little they can from home. It's a scene playing out in other parts of the north, where survival itself is a kind of victory. The U.N. says as many as 25,000 children are now homeless. Against this backdrop Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki clinging to power, warns against any attempt to form a new government. (SOUNDBITE)(Arabic) IRAQI PRIME MINISTER, NURI AL-MALIKI, SAYING: "Any break in the constitution will open the gates of hell on Iraq." The political deadlock since an inconclusive election in April has paralysed efforts to fight back against Islamic State rebels. In the void another chapter of loss and despair in Iraq

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Maliki warns that new Iraq government could open "gates of hell"

Wednesday, August 06, 2014 - 01:16