Iraqi Prime Minister Calls For Unity

By: AP
By: AP

BAGHDAD (AP) _ Iraq's prime minister is appealing for national unity as the remnants of al-Qaida in Iraq continue their violence in an effort to trigger conflict between Shiites and Sunnis.

Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki says he's worried about deteriorating security after more than 250 people were killed in the week before a U.S. withdrawal from cities.

The Shiite prime minister says a return to sectarianism will result in a failed system.

Nearly all the bombings and deaths in the past week have targeted Shiite areas.

Iraq nearly slipped into civil war two years ago after attacks between Sunni extremists such as al-Qaida and Shiite militias and death squads.

The U.S. troop surge helped quell that conflict.

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