Al-Maliki instructs security forces to protect places of worship

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Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki on Tuesday (June 5th) instructed security forces from the interior and defence ministries to protect religious sites across Iraq.

The move followed Monday's suicide bombing that targeted the Shia endowment headquarters in Baghdad and killed at least 25 people.

Al-Maliki "has ordered the security agencies, in all their configurations, to provide mosques, husseiniats, churches, places of worship for Iraq's other religions, holy shrines and religious institutions with protection," said Ali al-Dabbagh, spokesperson for the Iraqi government.

"The decision aims to counter attempts by terrorist groups to incite sectarian strife within the country and create chaos among all members of Iraqi society," he told Al-Shorfa.

"The government urges all Iraqis to stand against the plans of al-Qaeda and takfiri forces in order to divide their ranks," he said.

A high-level investigation has been opened into the bombing to identify those involved and bring them to justice, al-Dabbagh added.

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    سالم محمود

    2012-6-6

    In our world, there are human beings that are not human and in every society on this earth, there are some creatures that represent a danger to themselves and to others that none of the creatures of Allah are protected from and I am speaking about a dangerous world. As we try to forget it, here he is preparing himself to kill people brutally as he regards the world and the Arabs as deficient especially that in front of him is the world of the Safawis and their history, and he sows discord. Here is Iraq that has not been stabilized for 100 years despite everything she has and she will not settle down as Iran is her neighbor; wait until it enters her in a war. It is a world of insults, cursing and ridiculous fatwas; each society they come to, they sow discord in it and destroy it.