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Amman, Asharq Al-Awsat- Sheikh Majid Abdul-Razzaq al-Ali, elder chief of Al-Dulaym tribes of Iraq and head of the Iraqi House in Jordan, has described the security situation in Iraq as very bad since killings on the basis of identity cards and the forcible displacements are being practiced on a daily basis. He accused the militias that consider themselves to be from the Shiite community of responsibility for the killings, torture, and kidnappings from institutions and ministries but pointed out that the Arab Shiites are innocent of these actions.

Al-Ali told “Asharq al-Awsat” that “these militias have started to displace the Sunni residents of Baghdad so as to cleanse it ethnically in addition to displacing the sons of the Shiite community who are not loyal to their agendas. Moreover, elements from these militias are raping women.” He added: “They were unable to send pro-Iranian militias to Al-Anbar Governorate because it is open to us and started to send instead elements from Al-Qaeda organization to us under the cover of religion and jihad.”

Sheikh Majid went on to say: “What is happening in Iraq is a big conspiracy against the region led by Iran, Israel, and the American occupation forces. Iran is dreaming of the Safawi state.” He warned Tehran “and all those who support it that these dreams will not be fulfilled because the Iraqi tribes will confront them to the last drop of blood.”

Regarding the Iraqi reconciliation conference, Al-Ali said: “The intentions of Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki are good but he cannot do anything because the government is based on a sectarian, ethnic, and partisan structure and every one of these groups has its own agendas or ones dictated to them from abroad.” He asked how can there be reconciliation when there are killings, kidnappings, displacement, rapes, and the smell of death in every street.

He appealed to those he called the political teenagers who had donned the cloak of politics in unusual circumstances to fear God in their homeland and people because history will show them no mercy.

Regarding the claims of Saudi support for the Sunnis in Iraq, Al-Ali stressed that there had not been any kind of dialogue between them and the Saudi Government out of their belief that Saudi Arabia is for all and opposed to sectarianism and its regime is known to be moderate and centrist and renounces violence.

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