(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki has blamed what he called "a conspiracy" for the falling of Mosul, Iraq's second largest city, into the hands of jihadists.
"The war with them (Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant or ISIL) is one of the sessions of the struggle. It is not the last. What has happened we will resolve ourselves," he said in his weekly public address.
He went on to blame certain elements of being behind a "conspiracy" that led to the armed gunmen being so successful in their attack, after earlier announcing that strict sentences would be issued against senior army and security officials who abandoned their posts as the militants were approaching.
His comments came after the militants took control of the city of Tikrit - located 130 km north of the capital city of Baghdad, following their recapture of Mosul and parts of Kirkuk over the past two days.
Meanwhile in Baghdad, some 20 people were killed and another 49 injured in two separate suicide attacks in the east and north.