Sam Dagher reports for the Wall Street Journal:
Iraq's government is increasingly worried that a prolonged and bloody standoff in neighboring Syria could upset its own fragile security and fractious political order, especially as the U.S. military prepares to withdraw its last troops from the country.
Syria on Friday missed a deadline by the Arab League demanding that Damascus comply with a plan to end its violent crackdown on antigovernment protesters. That set the stage for the 21-nation group—Syria's membership was suspended two weeks ago—to impose economic sanctions intended to cripple the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.
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