“If what happens in Iraq is not dealt with, it will spread, and if what happens in Syria, is not dealt with, it will also spread and what happens in any country where the virus of terrorism lives, this virus will spread. This is the responsibility of the international community,” added Maliki.
Surging Bloodshed Undercuts Iraq's Oil-Fueled Economy as Bush's breakdown progresses
Mass executions on the rise in Iraq as total breakdown approachesIraq executes 42 'terrorists', including woman, as violence worsens: The U.N. mission in the country said it was concerned about the executions, which took place on Tuesday and Wednesday, and repeated its call for Baghdad to suspend the death penalty.Rights groups say executions have been on the rise in recent years.
Sixty-eight death sentences were carried out in 2011, according to Amnesty International. The 42 hanged this week amounted to almost a third of the total number the campaign group said were executed in all of 2012. More than 6,000 people have been killed in attacks across Iraq so far this year, as Sunni Islamist insurgents including al Qaeda regain momentum.
Kurdistan peace broken, Sunni violence against Shiite spreads as Bush's "success" in Iraq spreads Kurdistan Attacks Shatter Calm in Iraq's Only Peaceful Oasis: