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Iraq mired in political mess as more countries offer aid

English.news.cn   2014-08-13 17:52:15

BEIJING, Aug.13 (Xinhua)-- As some 130 additional American military advisers arrived in Iraq to help, more countries pledged to provide humanitarian aid to the country that mired in war and political mess.

The U.S. military has launched airstrikes against the militants in northern Iraq for 5 days as well as airdropping water and food to help members of the Yazidi community besieged by the Islamic State(IS) militants.

U.S. President Barack Obama has sought to internationalize the response to the crisis and so far has made some progress.

Britain has sent humanitarian airdrops and warplanes.The European Commission has increased its humanitarian aid to Iraq by an additional 5 million euros .

Germany, Australia, Canada and Turkey have pledged to provide humanitarian aid to help Iraq to fight militants which forced tens of thousands of people,mainly Christians to displace and face death without food,water or shelter.

Efforts to counter the advance of militants of Islamic State have been complicated by the political mess in Iraq .

Iraqi President Fuad Masoum accepted the nomination of Haider al-Abadi as prime minister-designate on Monday. This nomination, which was welcomed by Nato and Iranian leaders, angered incumbent Maliki who slammed the choice as a "violation of the constitution" and threatened to sue his political opponents.

Abadi issued a statement Tuesday saying he considered Maliki to be a key political partner and hailed his role in fighting terrorism.

However, Maliki has vowed that he will likely go to the federal court system to file a lawsuit against what he calls "constitutional violations". He told army officers the same day that they should not intervene in political crisis, according to a report on his office's website.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon issued a warning along the same lines: "It is imperative that the security forces refrain from intervening in the political process."

Maliki, who has served two terms as prime minister since 2006,is blamed by some critics for failing to unite Iraq's religious and ethnic groups.

Iraqi political analyst Hamza Abbas says that if Maliki succeeds in the federal court,it's unlikely that he would be able to form the cabinet within one month and gain parliament's approval, further hampering Iraq's sorely-needed political process.

Abbas believes that Abadi will continue to find support and legitimacy despite Maliki's accusations because he is backed by Kurds, Sunnis and most Shiite parties, along with two influential countries: Iran and the United States.

Editor: Fu Peng
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