Iraq’s most senior Sunni politician has warned against a Western military intervention in Syria, saying such a move would “ignite a fire” in the region.
Iraq’s parliament speaker Osama al - Nujaifi said on Sunday that he and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al - Maliki both agreed that a war against Syria was “not useful. ”
" The military strike will not be beneficial towards Syria and will ignite a fire that will possibly extend to Iraq and nearby countries, " Nujaifi said. " It will be a factor for more fire(in the Middle East) and there will probably be a reaction to this, " he added.
He further said that his country did not support such a military intervention and “is calling for everybody to move towards a peaceful solution." Since the unrest started in Syria in 2011, Iraq has also been affected by the deadly conflict. On September 4, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said the increasing number of Syrian refugees moving to Iraq’s Kurdish region was aggravating the situation at the Kawrugosk Syrian refugee camp. The UNHCR said in a statement that the number of Syrian refugees has reached two million people, indicating a huge rise in the number of refugees compared to that of last year. Threats of war against Syria first gained momentum on August 21, when the militants operating inside the country and its foreign-backed opposition claimed that over a thousand people had been killed in a government chemical attack on the outskirts of Damascus. Damascus categorically rejected the accusation, but a number of Western countries, including the US, France, and the UK, quickly started campaigning for war. Blatant calls for war by the US President Barack Obama administration have not faded despite reluctance by some of its closest allies to engage in any military intervention in Syria. This comes as the United Nations team of chemical weapons experts has not yet released its report on an investigation carried out on the use of the arms in Syria.