Exclusive: Sunni Leaders Open To Joining Iraq Government If Conditions Met
A spokesman said on Friday that tribal leaders and clerics from Iraq’s Sunni Muslim heartland who rebelled against outgoing premier Nouri al-Maliki’s Shi’ite-led government are willing to join the new administration if certain conditions are met. One of Iraq’s most powerful Sunni tribal leaders said he was ready to work with the new prime minister, Haider al-Abadi, provided he protected the rights of the minority sect, which was marginalized by Maliki. In a television appearance, Ali Hatem Suleiman, head of the Dulaimi tribe that dominates the Sunni heartland Anbar province, said a decision on whether or not to fight the Sunni Islamic State insurgents who threaten to break up Iraq would come later.
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