Ex-foreign minister Aziz calls on US troops to stay in Iraq

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Washington, Aug.6 (ANI): Former Iraq foreign minister Tariq Aziz has called on US troops to stay in Iraq and not leave the country "to its death".

Aziz said President Barack Obama's decision to continue with the withdrawal of combat troops despite worsening violence would endanger Iraq's future.

"We are all victims of America and Britain. They killed our country in many ways. When you make a mistake you need to correct a mistake, not leave Iraq to its death," The Telegraph quoted Aziz as saying referring to the 2003 invasion that toppled Saddam.

He added that he had hoped Obama would "correct some of the mistakes of [George W] Bush", but now viewed the new president as a "hypocrite".

"He is leaving Iraq to the wolves," he said in an interview with The Guardian.

"For 30 years, Saddam built Iraq and now it is destroyed. There are more sick than before, more hungry. The people don't have services. People are being killed every day in the tens, if not hundreds," he said from his prison in Baghdad.

Aziz, 74, was last month handed over to Iraqi custody by the Americans as Iraq assumed control of the last US-run prison in the country. (ANI)

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