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Iraqi Sunni Muslim scholars are urging all groups in the country to halt the violence that is only benefiting prime minister Nouri al-Maliki and the enemies of the country.

A statement by the Association of Muslim Scholars said: "All groups, races and sectors of the Iraqi society are all the noble children of Iraq and they are fundamental social and political pillars in the structure of Iraq and form its map. They are examples of peaceful coexistence in the society that the children of Iraq honor them in their long history.

"The targeting of any of these pillars is not the objective of this revolution and any conflict and schism in these areas create considerable problems that we have no need for and will make the situation critical in these areas that is housing a large number of immigrants from the center, east and west of Iraq, together with the immigrants from Mosul and its perimeter.

"We in the Association of Muslim Scholars are calling on all parties to abstain from violence and not to fall into the rifts that will result in the wasting of the rights of the revolutionary people of Iraq and only serve the objectives that will lead to the severing of relations among the people of Iraq.

"We also urge and warn all the stakeholders in these conflicts to calm down the situation and save the revolution from added problems because any differences, for whatever reason, only benefit the Maliki government which will reap windfall advantages to the detriment of all the Iraqi stakeholders and the country of Iraq as a whole."

The statement added: "The Association of Muslim Scholars condemns all the crimes and transgressions and the consequences that have unfolded or may unfold as the result of these conflicts. It further considers anyone who commits them not only legally and morally responsible for these attacks, but responsible in front of God and the people."

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