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MENAFN - Khaleej Times - 21/03/2012

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(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) Terror revisits Iraq. The series of blasts that rocked the war-ridden Arab country from Karbala to Kirkuk is a serious point of concern.

Though the country has witnessed terror of highest magnitude, this episode is more bothering because it seems to carry some hidden regional and international dimensions. The blasts that killed around 40 people have come at a time when Baghdad was supposed to host the Arab League summit, which would have surely voiced its concerns on Syria and the real-politick with which it is seized.

Analysts may be right in seeing a vested hand behind the disaster given to understand the proposition that Iraq is still politically an ally of President Bashar Al Assad regime. Whatever may be the case, Iraq has been pitched with greater symptoms of terror, and this opportunity is likely to be seized by elements that had been looking for a reason to make Iraqis bleed. Moreover, the fact that Al Qaeda and its affiliates are on the rise in Iraq and have seized the moment of pulling out of the Coalition forces, as a pretext to unnerve the local authorities, has to be kept in mind, alike.

These blasts and similar unfortunate incidents basically come to test the resolve of the resilient nation that has not only weathered dictatorship for long but also a decade of occupation and civil strife. There shouldn't be any going back from this equation, as the country and the nation have displayed enough of maturity to not only maintain the distinction of being a self-conscious entity but also inherently nursing the desire to rise again as one of the most progressive Arab civilisation. Prime Minister Nouri Al Maliki has to personally look into Tuesday blasts and unearth if any regional complexity is there to weaken Iraq in the name of Syria and its adversaries. The task is quite indispensable.


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