Iraq Alcohol Ban Sparks Political Backlash

Secular Iraqis woke up feeling hungover on Sunday, after a surprise parliament vote they claim is unconstitutional and shows that dominant religious parties have their priorities wrong.

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An Iraqi man walks past a closed liquor store in the capital Baghdad on October 23, 2016. Iraq's parliament on October 22, voted to ban the sale, import and production of alcohol, in a surprise move likely to anger some minorities but also to please influential religious parties. / AFP …

Q&A with Author Nadia Al Sultani: Iraq’s Future ‘Looks Bleak’

Nadia Al Sultani, in answering questions about her book Baghdad Stories: An Iraqi-American Memoir, told Breitbart News that President Barack Obama’s decision to completely withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq at the end of 2011 “did have an important impact on the outcomes that Iraq is reeling from currently.”

Q&A with Author Nadia Al Sultani: Iraq’s Future ‘Looks Bleak’