U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said in Baghdad today that President Barack Obama is gathering the information he’d need if he decides to order airstrikes to counter the advance of Sunni militants in Iraq.
The next meeting of the Iraqi parliament has been postponed until Nov. 11, al-Arabiya television said, citing Fuad Massoum, acting speaker of the assembly. He had called for lawmakers to return to the chamber on Nov. 8. Since the inconclusive March 7 election, lawmakers have met once, on June 14.
The two Shiite groups that together form the biggest bloc in the Iraqi parliament won’t continue discussions to select a candidate for the premiership until after Eid al-Fitr, the Muslim holiday marking the end of the month of Ramadan, state-sponsored al-Iraqiyah television said.
Iraq will be unable to pass its oil and revenue-sharing laws by this summer because of ongoing political disagreements, the chairman of the Iraqi parliament’s Oil and Energy Committee said in London today.