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Iraq opposes use of airspace to strike Syria

As Western nations deliberate military response to Syria, neighboring Iraq rejects use of its airspace or territory to attack war-torn country

AFP , Monday 26 Aug 2013
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Iraq said Monday it opposes the use of its airspace or territory in any attack on Syria, as Western powers warn of possible military action against Damascus.

"We do not agree to any use of our airspace ... to attack any neighbouring country through our land," Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's spokesman told AFP, asked if Baghdad would authorise the use of its airspace in any action against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime.

"Our position is fixed on this subject."

The West appears to be moving closer to a military response over last Wednesday's suspected deadly chemical weapons attack near Damascus that shocked the world after grisly pictures emerged of dead children with horrific injuries.

Washington and its allies have pointed the finger of blame at Assad's regime for the alleged attack, the latest atrocity in a conflict that has claimed the lives of more than 100,000 people since March 2011.

Iraq has sought to publicly avoid taking sides in the civil war between Assad and rebels seeking his ouster, but the conflict has spilled over the border on several occasions.

The United States has repeatedly called on Iraq to stop flights allegedly carrying arms from Iran to the Syrian regime. Iraq insists Iran has reduced flights transporting arms to Syria but said Baghdad cannot stop them completely.

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Muhammed Gorji, Isfahan, Iran
26-08-2013 04:23pm
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Malki is a shiite fanatic
Iraq is ruled by a fanatical Shiite regime which is supporting Assad with weapons and volunteers. Iraq is also allowing Iranian cargo planes to tranfer arms to Syria via Iraq airspace. Maliki would actually rather see millions of Sunni Syrians exterminated rather than seeing ASSAD disappear.
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Jaime
27-08-2013 11:25pm
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Parrot
Is this your own thinking or the version parroted by the western press intent on committing another crime like in Iraq?
Liberty Rising
27-08-2013 10:34pm
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So what are you, Muhammed?
A Sunni fanatic who wants to see all Shia exterminated? If so, as Mike pointed out, you're no better than what you're accusing others of.
Rib
27-08-2013 07:00pm
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Obama is a war crimes fanatic
The US is rules by a fanatic, money and power hungry regime that is poised to commit its (at least) fourth act of aggression in the last seven year period. These madmen must be stopped, as aggression is the supreme international crime.
Mike
27-08-2013 01:04pm
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for gods sake
your comment is nothing short of what you're accusing Al-Maliki of.
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