Iraq's Vice President and former Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, Feb. 2, 2015. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)
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Iraq's former premier and current vice president, Nouri al-Maliki, blamed "conspiracies" Saturday for the loss of major cities to jihadis and said Baghdad should prioritize paramilitaries over the army to fight them.But Maliki, who was prime minister when ISIS began a brutally effective offensive last year, failed to mention the role he and his government played in the debacle.Maliki, a Shiite, pursued policies while premier that angered and isolated Iraq's Sunni Arabs, who make up the backbone of ISIS' support, making it easier for the group to operate and expand.
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