Syria Scraps "Iraqi Resistance" Conference in Damascus

While the US and Iran were meeting in Baghdad to iron out(?) Iraqi security issues, the planned meeting of former Baathists and Saddam’s henchmen was scrapped in Damascus.
ADN Kronos reported:

Syrian authorities cancelled, just hours before it was set to take place, a conference Tuesday in Damascus by groups representing the so-called “Iraqi resistance” – including former members of Saddam Hussein’s regime – opposing the Baghdad government and its US-led international backers.

No reason was given for the scrapping of the event.

Some 500 delegates – including former officers from Saddam’s army, the Council of the Muslim Ulama, the banned former ruling Baath Party, Communists as well as several tribal chiefs – were expected to attend the gathering.

The aim of the conference was to bring together the different, mostly Sunni Muslim groups under a single political programme with delegates issuing a final joint declaration.

Syria is the home of many political exiles who fled Iraq when Saddam was toppled in 2003 following the US-led invasion.

However, not all dissident groups in the Sunni camp were in favour of the conference with former Iraqi deputy-president Izzat Ibrahim ad-Douri (pictured), reportedly a leader of the new, underground Baath movement, dismissing delegates as not being representative.

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