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Iraqi prelate foresees 'disaster' if US strikes Syria

Catholic World News - August 28, 2013

An American military assault on Syria would be a “disaster,” the leader of Iraq’s Chaldean Catholic Church has told the Fides news service.

The destructive results of Western intervention would be felt not only in Syria but also in neighboring Iraq and Lebanon, said Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako. He said that Syria could be torn apart by “a proliferation of jihadist militias,” leaving the country in chaos.

The Chaldean Patriarch pointed out that Iraq is still suffering from the consequences of American-led intervention 10 years ago. Iraq, he said, is “still battered by bombs, security problems, by the instability of the economic crisis.”

The only responsible approach to the fighting in Syria, the Iraqi prelate said, is to “push fighters to negotiate.”

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