March 25th 2013 in Briefings

The political landscape of the Republic of Iraq is strikingly different from a decade prior, as the country quietly marks the tenth anniversary of the US-led invasion in 2003. The Shiite-led government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has built strong ties with Tehran in recent years. US Secretary of State John Kerry, visiting Baghdad on March 24, explicit called upon Iraq to prevent the flow of the Iranian weapons and fighters to Syria through Iraqi territory, since Washington believes that Iran is using Iraqi airspace with ease to facilitate the arming of the Assad regime. (March 24, 2013 – Los Angeles Times)