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    Iraq's Vice President and former Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, Feb. 2, 2015

    Iraq's al-Maliki 'Reaffirms' Saudi Arabia Will Be Destroyed

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    Mass Execution in Saudi Arabia Whips Up Tensions (108)

    Iraqi political leader Nouri al-Maliki said that the execution of a Shia Cleric would topple Saudi Arabia's rulers.

    Iraq's former prime minister and head of the Islamic Dawa Party Nouri al-Maliki condemned Saudi Arabia's execution of Shiite cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, pledging that the act would bring down the Saudi rulers.

    In his condemnation, al-Maliki himself used sectarian language, referring to the execution of Shiite cleric Mohammed Baqir al-Sadr, founder of the Dawa Party. Al-Sadr was executed by Saddam Hussein's Sunni-dominated government in 1980, five months before the beginning of the notoriously destructive Iran-Iraq War.

    "As we condemn this disgusting terrorist act and these detestable sectarian practices, we reaffirm that the crime of executing Sheikh al-Nimr will topple the Saudi regime, just as the crime of executing the martyr al-Sadr toppled the Saddam regime," al-Maliki said.

    As Saudi Arabia is an absolute monarchy, the toppling of its rulers as suggested by al-Maliki would also mean the destruction of the Kingdom in its present state.

    Al-Maliki currently holds several positions in Iraq's divided government, including a Vice Presidency. Much of the military power is shared between the military and Shiite militias. The overthrow of Saddam Hussein following the 2003 US invasion of Iraq led to a Shiite domination Iraq's politics and a two-year sectarian civil war with the Sunni faction amid a larger anti-US insurgency.

    Iraq's military and militias recently forced ISIL (Daesh) out of the key town of Ramadi in the country's west.

    Daesh is a terrorist group affiliated with Wahhabism, a radical branch of Sunni Islam which originated from an alliance between cleric Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab and village chief Muhammad bin Saud in the 18th century. The alliance led to the creation of the Emirate of Diriyah, the predecessor of Saudi Arabia, and the founding of the al-Saud dynasty.

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      I am glad to read an article with something about al-Malaki. I was wondering where he was. The fact that the US insisted he be removed as PM convinced me that al-Malaki must have done something good to make the Pentagon/CIA that upset with him.
    • sophm0e38
      This would a great Christmas present provided foreign governments were uninvolved.
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      Ivan Zadorozhny
      The Saudis kingdom has long overstayed its welcome in the modern world.
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      Oh Dear.
      Looks like the Next World War starts not with a Bang or a Whimper.
      (but La Ilaha Illa-Allah) Muslim Infighting at its Most Destructive.

      D.C. War Hawks no doubt pleased to up Arms Sales to Both Sides.
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      Maliki, is right all Arab monarchies and Sheikh sould be destroyed, they are all Americans puppets. Mr Putin should start to topple them from power. Countries with no laws and no principales, the cows of the west that is why they are still there, upon the milk is finish.
      This are animals, from Saudi to Qatar to UAE,to Bahrain,to Kuwait, the only one who deserve to stay is Oman who doesn't mixed with all this animals doing.
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      I've said that for some time. Israel will suffer the same fate. You can't continuously piss off all the neighbours and not expect them to burn your house down.
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      Well get er done.
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      karlof1in reply tosophm0e38(Show commentHide comment)
      sophm0e38, Your point that the revolt be internally based is of great import; otherwise, the Outlaw US Empire will just reinvade--be asked to defend--the Saudis as in 1990, and the goal will be nullified. The two Theocracies--Saudi and Zion--must be eliminated for peace to have a chance and the primary sources of terrorism eradicated.
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      They won't be missed.
    • BlueStar
      They have become addicted to evil and will never change. Their fall ginormous as have though become inevitable, yet they sit as the head council of Human Right in the UN.
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      Let's hope it starts shortly.
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      Cal Dre
      "US invasion of Iraq led to a Shiite domination Iraq's politics"

      Worth noting that Shia are the large majority but still Sunnis hold many position of power.

      "and a two-year sectarian civil war with the Sunni faction amid a larger anti-US insurgency" The Sunni terror war a/g Shia, and the reprisal attacks against Sunnis, were vastly larger than the anti-US insurgency. Indeed there is plenty of evidence this civil war was sponsored by the "West" as part of its ongoing efforts to destabilize and Balkanize all Mideast powers (save Israel, of course).
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      He's letting us know why US removed him from power despite being elected, in a country supposedly bombed into democracy!!
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      justnfreein reply toCal Dre(Show commentHide comment)
      Cal Dre, Illegal war on Iraq had quite lot of unexpected consequences for invaders including Shia political domination of the country. But the bloody sectarian conflicts was not unexpected!!
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