BAGHDAD -- Iraq's prime minister warns the run-up to national elections in January won't be a peaceful one as insurgents try to destabilize the country.
Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki told Shiite tribal members during a meeting in Baghdad that insurgents will likely intensify their attacks in an attempt to destroy national unity and political stability.
A flurry of recent bombings has sparked fears that insurgents could re-ignite the sectarian fighting that nearly tore the country apart two years ago.
It has also raised questions about the ability of Iraqi security forces to maintain stability.
Al-Maliki says the terrorists "recognize that we are about to have a political breakthrough."
He says major steps have been taken already but more are needed to overcome lingering obstacles.