Barham Salih, Deputy Prime Minister of Iraq, delivered a fairly optimistic account of the current situation in Iraq to Members of the European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee on November 20. He described Iraq as a “nascent democracy” that is experiencing severe growing pains, but that also has an elected Parliament, a committed government and a willingness to reform its institutions.“The situation is no where as bad as the international media seem to indicate,” Salih said. Responding to a...

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