|07-11-2005, 02:34 AM||#1|
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Iyad Allawi turns on BushCo
IRAQ'S former interim prime minister Iyad Allawi has warned that his country is facing civil war and has predicted dire consequences for Europe and America as well as the Middle East if the crisis is not resolved.
"The problem is that the Americans have no vision and no clear policy on how to go about in Iraq," said Allawi, a long-time ally of Washington.
In an interview with The Sunday Times last week as he visited Amman, the Jordanian capital, he said: "The policy should be of building national unity in Iraq. Without this we will most certainly slip into a civil war. We are practically in stage one of a civil war as we speak."
Allawi, a secular Shi'ite, said that Iraq had collapsed as a state and needed to be rebuilt. The only way forward, he said, was through "national unity, the building of institutions, the economy and a firm but peaceful foreign relation policy". Unless these criteria were satisfied, "the country will deteriorate".
Allawi's concern comes amid signs of growing violence between Shi'ites, who make up 60% of Iraq's estimated 26m people, and the Sunni minority who dominated the upper reaches of the civilian bureaucracy and officer corps under Saddam Hussein.
The Shi'ites, who endured decades of oppression, are threatening to purge members of Saddam's former Ba'ath party from the army and the intelligence services, a move that would provoke fierce retaliation from the Sunnis.
Since the execution-style killings of 34 men whose bound and blindfolded bodies were found in three predominantly Shi'ite areas of Baghdad in May, other tit-for-tat murders have followed, with clerics among the targets.
Tension has increased in the past two weeks following the return of Abu Musab al- Zarqawi, the Jordanian-born head of Al-Qaeda in Iraq. Zarqawi left the country in May to seek medical treatment for a chest wound suffered in an American airstrike, but has now recovered sufficiently to resume his activities.
Earlier this month he claimed that his supporters had killed Sheikh Kamaleddin al-Ghuraifi, a senior aide to Iraq's most influential Shi'ite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani.
Zarqawi has now released an audiotape in which he announces the formation of a new militant unit, the Omar Corps. Its avowed aim is to "eradicate" the Badr brigade, the armed wing of the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq, the country's largest Shi'ite political party, which has targeted Sunnis.
Allawi, who became head of the interim government council created after the American-led invasion of Iraq in 2003, said it was imperative that the security services and military be rebuilt. He has been a staunch critic of the policy followed by Paul Bremer, the American former head of the Coalition Provisional Authority, of removing former Ba'athists from positions of power and disbanding Saddam's army without putting anything else in place.
Allawi said that he had discussed the urgency of rebuilding Iraq's military with President George W Bush and Donald Rumsfeld, the defence secretary, last year. "Bush earmarked $5.7 billion (£3.2 billion) . . . but I did not receive the money," Allawi said.
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|07-11-2005, 05:43 AM||#2|
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