MP Says US, Saudi Ploys Failed in Iraq

MP Says US, Saudi Ploys Failed in Iraq MP Says US, Saudi Ploys Failed in Iraq

Chairman of Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Alaeddin Boroujerdi said the US and its allies in the Middle East tried but failed in their attempts to divide Iraq.

In a meeting with the visiting secretary general of Hezbollah al-Nujaba, a major Iraqi Shia resistance movement, Sheikh Akram al-Kaabi, on Sunday, Boroujerdi noted US ploys to sow discord in Iraq and hurl the Arab country toward disintegration.

"The US and Saudi Arabia have tried to portray the ongoing war in Iraq as a religious conflict."

However, the non-sectarian stances adopted by top Iraqi Shia cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani have helped foiled the plots, the parliamentarian noted, according to Tasnim News Agency.

"We are opposed to the disintegration of Iraq and the country should remain integrated," he said, adding that unity and harmony in the neighboring country is in the interest of the Iraqi nation and the Islamic community.

Kaabi pointed to the negative role played by the US in the fight against terrorism in Iraq and said Washington does not want the so-called Islamic State terrorist group to be defeated.

He commended Iran for its support for his people and said the Islamic Republic is a leading country in the Muslim world.

  US Congress Interference  

Last year, a controversial US Congress bill was drafted, proposing the division of Iraq into three states, allowing the Kurdish forces and the Sunni tribesmen to be armed directly without Baghdad's approval.

The draft of the US annual defense bill, which was released in April 2015 by the House Armed Services Committee, urged the US government to recognize separate Kurdish and Sunni states and provide them with at least 25% of the 715-million-dollar aid planned to be given to the Iraqi government to help it fight IS.

Iraq has been sucked into violence for several years by militants and mercenaries from assorted groups, particularly IS, which currently controls parts of the Arab country.

However, a combination of concentrated attacks by the Iraqi military and the volunteer forces, who took up arms after Ayatollah Sistani issued a fatwa calling for fight against the militants, have blunted the edge of the IS offensive.