ERBIL — Former governor of Nineveh Province, Atheel al-Nujaifi has made it clear that Iraqi Sunni Arabs do not seek autonomy or a self-governing region.
Nujaifi, who is now commander of a Sunni Arab militia group, argued that splitting Iraq is not in favour of its components at the moment, and that the Sunni Arabs favour remaining as part of Iraq.
However, he insisted while speaking to Anadolu Agency that a stable and secured future for all the components of Iraq must be maintained in order to help the plan work.
The remarks come at a time when the Shi’ite-led government of Iraq is accused of marginalising the Sunni Arabs and the Kurds. The government-backed Shi’ite militias of Hashd al-Shaabi are also accused of human rights abuses against the Sunni population of the areas they liberated from Islamic State (IS) throughout last three years.