AP Interview: Iraq premier: Syria war could spread

Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki listens during an interview with The Associated Press in Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013. Al-Maliki warns that a victory for rebels fighting to overthrow the Syrian President Bashar Assad would spark a sectarian war in his own country and Lebanon, and create a new haven for extremists that would destabilize the wider Middle East. (AP Photo/ Khalid Mohammed)BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's prime minister cautions that a victory for rebels fighting to overthrow the government in neighboring Syria will spark a sectarian war in his own country and Lebanon That would create a new haven for al-Qaida that would destabilize the whole Middle East.


A Middle East miracle might just happen

Malcolm Rifkind

I was once told by a senior Israeli official: “In the Middle East, if you don”t believe in miracles, you are not a realist.” One would be forgiven for believing it will need a miracle for King Abdullah of Jordan”s vision of a

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