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Iraq PM offers amnesty for Sunni militants

English.news.cn   2014-07-02 20:55:01
 • Iraqi PM al-Maliki on Wednesday offered an amnesty for Sunni militants who fought against the government.
 • "We will not exclude anyone except those involved in killings," Maliki said in his televised weekly speech.
 • Maliki's offer is seen as an attempt to reduce the number of Sunni fighters.

 

BAGHDAD, July 2 (Xinhua) -- Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki on Wednesday offered an amnesty for Sunni militants who fought against the government and took control of swathes of territories in the Sunni-dominated provinces.

"I announce an amnesty for all tribes and all people who have involved in actions against the state, who now return to their senses. They are welcome. We will not exclude anyone except those involved in killings," Maliki said in his televised weekly speech.

Maliki's offer is seen as an attempt to reduce the number of Sunni fighters and to cut the support by the Sunni community to those who took arms against the government.

Iraq has been witnessing its worst security conditions that began about three weeks ago when armed Sunni insurgents, spearheaded by an al-Qaida splinter group Islamic State of Iraq and Levant, launched a surprise offensive that led to the debacle of Iraqi security forces, and the fallen of a large part of the country's northern and western territories.

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