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The European Iraqi Freedom Association has strongly condemned attacks by ISIS terrorists on Christians, Yazidis and Kurds, which it claims are serving the interests of the Iranian regime and Iraq's prime minister Nouri al-Maliki.
And the only solution to the ongoing crisis is for Maliki to be removed from power and replaced by a national salvation government, EIFA said.
The Brussels-based association said in a statement: "EIFA appreciates measures undertaken by the United States to save the victims of these atrocities and once again emphasizes that the root cause of this crisis is Maliki’s government and the meddling of the Iranian regime that is using Iraq as a launching pad for imposing its hegemony over the world of Islam and the Arab world.
"The criminal measures by ISIS against Christians and Yazidis and the aggression against the Iraqi Kurds serves the interests of the Iranian regime and the Maliki government.
"Failure to separate this terrorist and criminal band from the Iraqi people, especially the Sunnis and the Military Council of the Iraqi revolutionaries, the tribes and the Sunni religious leaders is to fall into the very trap that the Iranian regime and Maliki have prepared. Meanwhile, the real opposition to Maliki is fighting to liberate the country and continues to condemn the atrocities by ISIS despite its own dire and perilous situation."
Both Iraq's General Military Council and The Association of Muslim Scholars of Iraq have called for an end to brutalities against Kurds and other minorities in the north of Iraq and accused the Maliki government of reaping 'windfall gains' from the attacks.
EIFA noted how Sunni leader Mufti Rafe al-Refaei also said on August 8: "Is attacking the province of Kurdistan a reward to the side that has given refuge to the Iraqi people? This revolution set out to fight the tyrants and not to fight with our brothers in Kurdistan who are themselves the target of militias.
"Those who fight the Kurdistan province are not from the revolutionaries. Those who make people homeless are not the revolutionaries. Those who attack Kurdistan and make people homeless wish to aid Maliki and to advance the plan and programme of Iran. The attack on this province aims to create rifts between Arabs and Kurds. We and the Kurds are on the same course."
EIFA added: "Undoubtedly, the fact that Maliki is still in power has greatly complicated the situation and strengthened the presence of the Iranian regime in Iraq. In such circumstances, if the military intervention by US is not balanced with a series of political measures, we will end up with a still more perilous situation.
"The crisis in Iraq can only be resolved through the eviction of the Iranian regime from that country. The removal of Maliki is just the first step in this path.
"A national salvation government composed of all sectors of Iraqi society, including those that have so far been marginalized in the political process, is an imperative and needs to be followed soon by a free election under the complete supervision of the United Nations.
"This salvation government must include the moderate religious leaders, tribes and military councils who are fighting against Maliki. Such a government would open the way to confronting ISIS on a national scale."