Video: "Foreign-Backed Elements Ignite Tensions"

A Middle East expert says similar to the situation in Syria, there are a number of countries that are fueling the tension in Iraq which is very dangerous for the country.

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has warned anti-government protesters that security forces could intervene to end illegal demonstrations across the country.

Iraq has been rocked by protests over the past weeks, with protesters in the western Anbar Province continuing to block off a highway linking Iraq to Syria and Jordan for the second week.

Maliki accused the protesters who blocked off the major trade route of trying to abuse their freedoms and cause chaos in the country. Maliki also stated that a committee had been formed in order to consider some of the protesters' demands.

Iraq has been the scene of anti-government demonstrations since December 23, 2012, when bodyguards of Finance Minister Rafie al-Issawi were arrested on terrorism-related charges.

In an interview with Iran's PressTV, Jafar Hadi Hassan, a Middle East expert in London, shares his thoughts regarding the issue:

(Source: PressTV)

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