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“They [the United States] say, and I regret this and reject this, that the victory is their achievement because they led this war, but really this is a victory of the Iraqi army. Yes, they supported us with their aviation, but the main praise belongs to the Iraqi soldier, the people’s militia, Iraq’s air force,” Maliki said.Recall my mention of the fact the US was quite quiet on the Mosul success claimed by the Iraqis? In this post. "There’s a rumour going round that Mosul was taken back from ISIS. At least the Iraqis are claiming they have successfully taken back Mosul. The US was a whole lot quieter about this alleged victory. Why might that be? Might it have something to do with this victory, not, being one truly accepted by the US? Because it doesn’t fit cards they are playing?"
Maliki continues: "This victory is not final – there are still pockets where terrorists are hiding … there are sleeper cells even in Diyala,” Maliki said.
"ISIS will be unable to advance or take over territories in Iraq, but its sleeper cells remain in cities including the capital city of Baghdad" Nouri Maliki said.
Maliki said that Russia preserved the entire West Asia region from being destroyed by keeping its stance toward the Syrian and the Iraqi governments.
"I have said this before and I will repeat it again – if it were not for the Russian stance, the region would be fully destroyed, its map would be new and unusual … Without Russia’s approach to the Syrian issue which differs from the one of the US, the Syrian regime would have fallen, terrorists would have intensified their actions thanks to this, the regional map would change and in the end it would lead to the fall of Baghdad,” Maliki said.
On America creating ISIS
Maliki said "but it is America who created ISIS in the first place and now Washington seeks to establish military bases on Iraqi territory in order to maintain influence in the region."
"IS resembles the Taliban which was created by the US administration to counter the USSR in Afghanistan. The same way, IS was created to counter the Iraqi stance, which did not agree to blockade Syria, was against no-fly zones in Syria and against American military bases," he stated.Flashbacks:
Recall Condoleeza Rice and her “birth pangs of a new middle east”
"We didn't go to Iraq to bring democracy to Iraq we went to Iraq to overthrow Saddam Hussein… It was a security problem," Rice, who also served as US secretary of state, said on Thursday.
How anyone, anywhere could have believed otherwise is incomprehensible.