Iraqi PM Al-Maliki is no longer US’ favourite: Report

September 14th, 2008 - 7:33 pm ICT by IANS  

Pervez MusharrafDubai, Sep 14 (IANS) Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki is losing support of the US, as he is seen increasingly allying with Iran in his efforts to restore peace and stem sectarian violence in the country, according to an Arab newspaper Sunday.In its Sunday editorial, the Dubai-based Gulf News said Al-Maliki was expected to be asked to step down, the WAM news agency reported.

The Iraqi leader could be assassinated or face a palace coup if he sticks to power, the newspaper said referring to rumours that the US wants him to be removed from power.

To substantiate the story, the paper cited recent disclosures that the US has been spying on Al-Maliki and other government officials for some time past, which it said only confirms the distrust the US has in the Iraqi prime minister.

The paper also urged the US to remain true to its often repeated support for democracy and avoid removing what it called “yet another democratically elected leader”.

“Al-Maliki is seen (by the US) as allying himself with the Iranians in the hope of ousting terrorists from Basra and thereby bringing a quicker end to the removal of US troops from Iraq,” the paper said.

The daily also cited the example of the fall of former Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf, who was once the most preferred man for the US in its war on terror.

According to the paper Musharraf faced the problem because the US stopped standing by him at the time he needed it the most.

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