Factional differences continue to threaten Iraq’s fragile government

April 3, 2012

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(AP/Karim Kadim)
The annual Arab League summit meeting opened in the Baghdad last Thursday with only 10 leaders of the 22-member alliance in attendance.

As political instability continues in Iraq, the country's alliances are deteriorating. Disputes about revenue between Baghdad and the semi-autonomous Kurdistan have slowed the country’s oil production. At last week’s annual Arab League summit in Baghdad, 12 of the 22 Arab leaders did not attend, largely out of protest over the Iraqi government’s treatment of the Sunni minority. Also, factional rivalries are said to be behind an arrest warrant on charges of terrorism for Iraq’s Sunni vice president. Laith Saud, an instructor of Islamic World Studies at DePaul University, gives an update on Iraq's political climate.