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Prime minister says war on terror is fight for Iraq's existence

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KUWAIT CITY (AP) - Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri (al-Maliki NOO'-ree ahl-MAH'-lih-kee) says losing the fight against terrorism would mean the end of Iraq as a country.      

He told a Kuwaiti newspaper (Al-Qabas) "if we fail in the battle against terrorism, there will be no Iraq left."      

He says that's why those who want to see a unified Iraq have to support the government. Al-Maliki says it's "the last chance."      

He also told the paper that "terrorists are infiltrating from Afghanistan to Iraq through Iran." He called on the Iranian government to "control its borders."      

Al-Maliki spoke to the newspaper in Baghdad before leaving for a Gulf tour that started with a visit to Saudi Arabia yesterday.                        

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