Tuesday, February 2, 2016

What's speaker Jubouri doing in DC?

Curiosity is mounting in Baghdad. The Speaker of Parliament, Saleem al-Jubouri, has reportedly (according to Iraqiya TV) been in Washington DC since last Wednesday but he's yet to make any public statements/appearances. I heard that he's doing this trip not in an official capacity as Speaker, but in a personal one as a Sunni leader. Still, this doesn't explain why he hasn't done any speaking engagements at the usual think tanks. Strange.

Rumor has it that Jubouri wants to talk to US officials about Sunni politics but is so fearful of Iran's watchful eyes in Baghdad that he decided to come all the way to DC. Questions about this trip will likely start to haunt him soon. Will be interesting to see who in Baghdad will rise to defend him. 

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