Iraq's Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki says the northern Kurdish autonomous region’s capital, Irbil, is becoming an operations base for militants in the Islamic State, formerly known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
In his weekly televised address on July 9, Maliki said: "We will never be silent about Irbil becoming a base for the operations of the Islamic State and Baathists and Al-Qaeda and the terrorists."
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