Displaced Iraqis gather to receive clothes provided by a charity at a new camp outside the Bajid Kandala camp in Feeshkhabour town, Iraq, Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)
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Sheikh Hareth al-Dari rarely makes media appearances these days, but as a long-term opponent of U.S. military presence in Iraq, former Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and jihadist groups, the prominent religious scholar still has plenty of insight into the current crisis in his homeland. Now living in Amman, the leader of the largest Sunni religious body in Iraq, the Association of Muslim Scholars, is highly critical of both Maliki's beleaguered Dawa Party and the fledgling Islamic caliphate led by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.Hailing from a prominent Anbar family and at the heart of Iraq's political scene for many years, Dari is widely known for his vocal rejection of Al-Qaeda's sectarian tactics after the U.S. invasion, despite his anger at the occupation, which prompted claims of ties with the controversial Sahwa movement.Q: Why did people in some parts of Iraq fight against Maliki's rule?A: What is happening in Iraq is a people's revolution that broke out against the criminal practices of Maliki and his Dawa Party. Iraq is a state of flux so events are subject to change.
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