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Like Assad, Maliki uses explosive barrels to quell rebellion

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While Iraq’s Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki on Wednesday offered amnesty to tribes who are fighting his army, YouTube videos posted by activists showed destruction left by Syrian civil war-style explosive barrel bombs in the country’s conflict areas, Al Arabiya News Channel reported.

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Explosive barrel bombs especially targeted Iraq’s second largest city Mosul, Al Arabiya News Channel cited local reports as saying, adding that two from the northern city’s civil defense were killed.

YouTube videos also showed Baiji and Tikrit cities in Salah al-Din province hit by the explosive barrel bombs, which are known for its poor accuracy and indiscriminate use in populated civilian areas, deeming it illegal under international conventions.

Local armed men coupled with the radical Islamic group of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) seized Mosul after a lighting offensive on June 10. They also claimed control over other Sunni areas including Tikrit, hometown of the late Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, eastern Diyala province and large swathes in the western province of Anbar.