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Ambassador Says Al Qaeda Poses Biggest Threat to Iraq

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Iraq's ambassador to the U.S. is warning the world that al Qaeda is creating havoc in his country.

Speaking at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., Wednesday, Lukman Faily cautioned that al Qaeda's main mission is now creating conditions for a civil war by increasing the number of violent incidents in Baghdad and throughout Iraq.

Bombings and shootings have been on the rise since mid-April's provincial elections and an attack on a Sunni encampment by Shiite government forces.

According to the Iraqi envoy, Islamic militants are working to destabilize their democratic central government while also taking over the fight in Syria to depose President Bashar al-Assad.

Faily told the Brookings Institution, "Our fight against al Qaeda is not one of political discourse.  It is of survival and existence, so I think it’s important people appreciate that as well."

He also lamented how the so-called Arab Spring has turned from a crusade for democracy to emboldening militants determined to spur sectarian warfare.

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