Assad's 'stoking of sectarian tensions' propelled IS | Middle East Eye

February 20, 2015 8:15 AM

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Assad's 'stoking of sectarian tensions' propelled IS | Middle East Eye

The Syrian government’s "deliberate stoking of sectarian tensions" helped to catapult the rise of Islamic State, President Barack Obama said Thursday.

As Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government fomented tensions and led a "war against his own people," former Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s government "helped to pave the way for ISIL’s gains there" by failing to govern inclusively, Obama said.

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