Iraq mili­tia spokesman blasts Kur­dish leader

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BAGH­DAD — The spokesman of Iraq's state­sanc­tioned mili­tias on Thurs­day de­scribed the Kur­dish leader be­hind last month's vote for in­de­pen­dence as “worse” than the Is­lamic State group, but said the mili­tias have no im­me­di­ate plans to take mil­i­tary ac­tion.

Karim al-Nouri, spokesman for the Pop­u­lar Mo­bi­liza­tion Forces, ac­cused the Kur­dish re­gional pres­i­dent, Ma­soud Barzani, of be­hav­ing like the leader of a fifth col­umn dur­ing the war against IS.

Barzani “is more dan­ger­ous than Daesh be­cause he comes from within Iraq,” said al-Nouri. oc­curred in at least one lo­ca­tion in the cap­i­tal, Monrovia.

Pro­vi­sional re­sults re­leased by the Na­tional Elec­tion Com­mis­sion showed Weah ahead in 14 of Liberia's 15 coun­ties. Vice Pres­i­dent Joseph Boakai led in his home county, Lofa.

With 20 can­di­dates in the race, ob­servers ex­pected the vote to go to a runoff elec­tion. A pres­i­den­tial can­di­date must win more than 50 per­cent of the vote to avoid a sec­ond round.

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