The parliamentary summit in Baghdad this weekend, which invited the delegations of all neighboring countries, highlights Iraq's continued push to become a bridge between different power brokers in the Middle East.
Despite the tide turning in favor of President Bashar Assad’s regime, he says the conflict in Syria ‘is not yet over’. The war has killed more than 500,000 people, displaced at least 12 million, and left the country’s economy and infrastructure in ruins.
In Basra, south of Iraq, more than 14,000 cases recorded in the past two weeks related to the consumption of unclean water. As a result political and tribal leaders from the oil hub have threatened to obstruct crude exports if their demands are not met.
The Secretary-General of the Arab League Ahmed Aboul Gheit remarked that he will support any efforts that attempt to bring stability to Iraq and maintain its territorial integrity. This comes after a meeting with the head of the Wataniyah Coalition Ayad Allawi, who is currently visiting Egypt.