Syria crisis' impact upon the political situation in Iraq, Caabu director Chris Doyle speaks to Voice of Russia radio

Posted by Caabu on 25 Jul 2013

Speaking to Voice of Russia radio, Caabu's director Chris Doyle spoke of the impact of the Syrian crisis on the political situation in Iraq. Doyle said:

"Syria has affected the whole way Iraqi politicians view the region. They are concerned that extremists will be going to Syria, sharpening their skills, picking up weaponry, returning to Iraq and bringing their ideology and violent practice back onto the streets of Iraqi cities, and to an extent of course, that is already happening."

You can listen to the whole interview here.

On Wednesday 24th July, Caabu hosted a briefing with the Baghdad Bureau Chief for Agence France-Presse (AFP), Prashant Rao.Rao said that “Syria is everything, an existential problem for Iraq”, which pervades every discussion. He said that the crisis in Syria has “amplified disputes in Iraq” and has promoted a political gridlock; no legislation has been passed since March 2010. You can read a summary of his comments here, and some of his comments in a blog post by Brian Whitaker: Forgotten Iraq: Violence grows as political paralysis continues.