Friday, July 31
Latest News
  1. Abbas wants ICC to probe arson that killed Palestinian toddler
  2. WikiLeaks: US spied on Japan government, companies
  3. Female suicide bomber blows herself up in NE Nigeria market
  4. Libya's UN envoy to discuss peace plan with rival lawmakers
  5. Fears of humanitarian crisis in Serbia as refugees stream in
  6. Pentagon denies US-trained rebels captured in Syria
  7. Egypt, Saudi sign pact to boost military ties
  8. IMF approves $1.24 bn Iraq emergency lifeline
  9. Humanitarian chief: Yemen blockade 'killing' civilians
  10. Turkey probes Kurdish leader, ramps up air strikes against PKK
  11. Israel PM calls Palestinian toddler death 'act of terrorism'
  12. PLO holds Israel government 'fully responsible' for toddler's death
  13. IMF approves $1.24 bn Iraq emergency lifeline
  14. Egypt, Saudi sign pact to boost military ties
  15. Embassy: US delivers F-16s to Egypt ahead of Kerry visit
  16. In Iraq bastions, PKK braces for new war with Turkey
  17. Five dead in attacks as Turkey battles PKK
  18. Pakistan says second round of Afghan-Taliban talks postponed
  19. Humanitarian chief: Yemen blockade 'killing' civilians
  20. OPEC chief says oil cartel 'not ready' to cut production

Iraq's Maliki: Assad could hold on for years

Feb. 9, 2013 1:54 P.M. (Updated: Feb. 10, 2013 9:12 P.M.)
RIYADH (Reuters) -- Syrian President Bashar Assad could survive two more years of revolt despite US expectations of a more imminent fall, Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki was quoted as saying on Saturday.

Maliki, a Shiite Muslim, is seen as close to Assad's main ally Iran, but has been careful not to express support for either the Syrian leader, fighting a rebellion since early 2011, or the predominantly Sunni opposition.

In an interview in Cairo with the Saudi-owned, London-based Asharq al-Awsat, Maliki said US President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and former secretary of state Hillary Clinton had told him Assad would fall "within two months".

He did not say when he had spoken to them.

Maliki said Assad would not fall "even after two years."

"I know Syria very well," he said, adding that Assad's minority Alawite sect would fight alongside other minority groups against rebels, which include Sunni Islamist militants.

Iraq has been mired in sectarian strife for 10 years and Baghdad fears the rise of a hardline Sunni government in Damascus could upset its own fragile security.
Powered By: HTD Technologies
Ma'an News Agency
All rights reserved © 2005-2015