Syria crisis spillover worries Iraq

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has warned against smuggling of weapons and infiltration of foreign terrorists from Syria into his country.

“The weapons provided to those killers in Syria have been smuggled to Iraq and those wolves that came from different countries to Syria are now sneaking into Iraq,” Maliki said on Saturday.

The Iraqi premier also condemned the flow of weapons to Takfiri militants operating inside Syria.

Maliki stated that the arms provided by some countries to the militants in Syria are adding to the violence inside Iraq.

On August 14, the Iraqi prime minister said his country would continue to fight against terrorist attacks.

“The operation that we started in chasing terrorists, and those who stand behind them, will continue until we protect our people,” Maliki noted.

More than 4,000 Iraqis have been killed in the violence since the beginning of 2013.

The United Nations said on August 1 that a total of 1,057 Iraqis were killed and another 2,326 were wounded in acts of terrorism and violence in the month of July, making it the country’s deadliest month since 2008.

Reports say Iraqi border guards frequently clash with militants and smugglers who attempt to move across the borders.