"No man can have two masters."
An excerpt from, "Iraq PM calls Kurd city 'base for terrorism'" Al Jazeera, July 9, 2014:
Nouri al-Maliki said on Wednesday: "We will never be silent about Erbil becoming a base for the operations of the Islamic State and Baathists and al-Qaeda and the terrorists.
His comments come days after the Kurdish president, Massoud Barzani, asked his parliament to plan a referendum on independence from the rest of Iraq. Kurdish forces have also taken over the city of Kirkuk when it was attacked by Sunni rebels.
Al Jazeera's Imran Khan, reporting from Baghdad, said Maliki's statement was unexpected, and could serve to divide Iraq further at a time when Sunni, Shia and Kurds were being urged to unite to face the threat of the Islamic State group.
"It's likely he was referring to the tribal Sunni sheikhs in Erbil who have been vocally critical of the prime minister and have said that they won't fight alongside the Iraqi army until he is out of office," said Khan.Iraqi PM Al-Maliki: Saudi Arabia and Qatar Declared War of Terrorism against Iraq. Source: MEMRI TV. Date Published: March 12, 2014.
"They blame him for the current crisis due to his government's sectarian policies."
President of Kurdistan Barazani: It Is Time to Reorganize The Region. Source: MEMRI TV. Date Published: April 30, 2014.