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THE HUFFINGTON POST- Struan Stevenson- MEP, President of European Parliament's Delegation for Relations with Iraq

The current uprising in Iraq has come as no surprise to those of us who have watched the deteriorating situation over the past 18 months. Residents of six Sunni provinces of Iraq staged sit-ins in December 2012 to protest against widespread repression and executions by the government of Nouri-al-Maliki.

Al Arabya News - By Abdulrahman al-Rashed, the General Manager of Al Arabiya News Channel.

In 2012, controversy regarding the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and al-Nusra Front first erupted. Some denied their presence while most people thought the two groups had nothing to do with the terrorist organization that is al-Qaeda and that they are part of Syrian national parties but with an Islamist touch.

STRUAN STEVENSON: The indiscriminate killing of civilians by barrel bombs, increasingly deployed by the Iraqi military, has provoked international condemnation. Speaking from the European Election campaign trail in Scotland, Struan Stevenson, Conservative Euro MP and President of the European Parliament’s Delegation for Relations with Iraq said: 

U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said in a statement on Thursday the 'war being waged against the Syrian people not just by the Assad regime, but by Iranian operatives and Hezbollah terrorists with a steady supply of Russian weapons.'

A nine month peace process between Israel and Palestine came to an unsuccessful close on Tuesday. Each side has predictably levied blame on the other for this latest failure, as well as directing blame at the United States and Secretary of State John Kerry, who acted as mediator for the discussions.

In a televised speech on Tuesday, Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Mariziyeh Afkham offered official comments on the situation in Syria, including the Bashar al-Assad’s recent announcement that he will seek a third term as president of the country even as it remains in the midst of a civil war that has now lasted more than three years, having begun with efforts to oust Assad’s Ba’ath Party government in the wake of the Arab Spring.

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