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Iraqi leader accuses Kurds of hosting militants
By Sinan Salaheddin And Qassim Abdul-Zahra, The Associated Press
BAGHDAD - Iraq's prime minister has accused the largely autonomous northern Kurdish region of being a haven for the Islamic extremists and other Sunni militants that have overrun much of the country over the past month.
Nouri al-Maliki's comments are likely to cause tensions to spike in the central government's already testy relationship with the Kurdish self-rule region. He did not elaborate on his allegations or provide any evidence to back them up.
The Kurdish security force known as the peshmerga has clashed repeatedly with the Sunni militants led by the Islamic State extremist group in recent weeks.
Tens of thousands of Iraqi civilians have fled to the Kurdish-controlled areas to escape the militant onslaught.