Guy Taylor
January 23, 2014

The highest-ranking elected Sunni leader in Iraq painted a bleak picture of his nation’s future Thursday, telling an audience in Washington that without serious and quick reconciliation between sectarian political parties, the country could be swallowed by a war comparable to the one now raging in Syria.

“Iraq at this point is at a crossroads,” said Usama al-Nujayfi, the speaker of Iraq’s Council of Representatives and an influential voices in Baghdad, where Iraq’s federal government is dominated by parties aligned with the nation’s Shiite Prime Minister.

“God forbid,” said Mr. al-Nujayfi, “we will be moving toward something like the Syrian situation if the problems are not addressed in the right way.”

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