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Iraq situation ‘highly volatile,' envoy warns Security Council

The UN’s envoy to Iraq delivered a scathing indictment of the country’s political class during today’s Security Council briefing, decrying its exposure of the population to severe risks. 
Nasiriyah protest

Amid attempts to quell violence in cities across Iraq, a UN official stressed Tuesday that “the smallest spark can suffice to trigger a major disaster.” 

In the Oct. 4 Security Council briefing, UN Special Representative for Iraq Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert discussed worrisome developments in Iraq following major protests in recent weeks, violence in both the capital and southern parts of the country, and deadly Iranian strikes in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. 

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