Iraqis demand the trial and execution of former prime minister Nouri al-Maliki for being responsible for Mosul’s fall in ISIS’ grip, Zuhair al-Jabouri, the spokesperson of Nineveh Guard said on Saturday.
This comes as a response to Maliki’s accusations, as he claimed that Mosul’s residents are behind the city’s fall.
In press statements, al-Jabouri noted that Mosul’s residents shall not be held accountable because they did not give orders to five military brigades to withdraw from the battlefield, adding that this order facilitated the city’s fall in ISIS’ clutches.
At the time, Nineveh provincial council and its governor have asked for Peshmerga soldiers’ help to fight ISIS, which was officially and categorically rejected by Maliki, he added.
Mosul’s residents collaborated with ISIS, causing the fall of the city in 2014, Maliki said in a statement to Sputnik, a Russian news agency, on Friday before his visit to Moscow.
On Saturday, former governor of Nineveh Atheel al-Nujaifi lashed out at former prime minister’s over his latest statements.
Earlier, the parliamentary legal committee requested last month the attorney general to reopen the issue of Mosul’s fall in ISIS’ grip, a move that will lead to the trial of Iraqi officials, including Maliki.
Last Modified: 07 23 2017 01:32 PM