Iraqi Ex-Defense Minister: US Is responsible for discord in Iraq

Iraqi Ex-Defense Minister: US Is responsible for discord in Iraq

Former Iraqi Minister of Defense Khaled Yassin al-Obaidi said the United States is responsible for Discord in Iraq, Sputnik reports.

"Americans are mainly responsible for what happened to Iraq because they were the first to form a government on a base of confessional quotas… It was decided under Paul Bremer's [US Presidential envoy and head of the transitional government during US military presence in Iraq] leadership that Sunnis would get 5 ministerial offices, Shiites — 11, and Kurds — 7. This decision laid the foundation of the discord between confessional and ethnic groups and led us to the situation in modern Iraq with its sectarianism and inter-ethnic hostilities," he said.

The US launched its Operation Iraqi Freedom on March 20, 2003, claiming that the then-president of the country, Saddam Hussein, was developing weapons of mass destruction and colluding with al-Qaeda. The operation led to the overthrow of Hussein and was followed by an eight-year-long US military presence in Iraq.

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