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Iraq official slams Arab League's Syria suspension

November 13, 2011

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BAGHDAD—An Iraqi government spokesman says a decision by the Arab League to suspend Syria over the country's bloody crackdown of an eight-month uprising may make matters worse.

Government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh said in a statement Sunday that the suspension will complicate the situation in Syria because the League will lose all communication channels with Damascus.

The 22-member bloc voted to suspend Syria Saturday after Damascus failed to carry out a peace deal brokered by the league.

Iraq abstained from the vote. Yemen, Lebanon and Syria voted against the measure.

Al-Dabbagh said the suspension will not solve problems in Syria.

The Shiite-dominated government in Baghdad fears that regime change in Syria may mean that a Sunni-dominated government hostile to Baghdad takes over.

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