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1 Iraq’s Maliki pledges victory amid criticism
By Khalid al-Ansary, Reuters
1 hr 31 mins ago
|BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki assured Iraq on Saturday that its forces would defeat terrorism despite the year’s deadliest bombings, ignoring remarks from a minister that the government had fallen into a false sense of security.
It was Maliki’s first public comment since massive truck bombs killed almost 100 people in Baghdad on Wednesday. A few hours earlier, his foreign minister said he suspected police or soldiers might have colluded in the attacks.
Foreign Minister Hoshiyar Zebari also criticized a decision by Maliki to remove most blast walls from Baghdad’s streets, saying it was one cause of the blasts.