Analysis: Iraq’s challenges on display for Summit

A renewed eruption of violent attacks and political controversy underscore the government's unstable hold of power, days before Arab League Summit.
Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki is received at a reception in Kuwait City on March 14, 2012, after Kuwait agreed a $500 million deal with Baghdad, ending a decades-long debt dispute that saw an Iraqi Airways flight impounded in London. Maliki told reporters that the two countries "fully intend to find definitive solutions to problems, disputes and barriers (in bilateral relations) inherited from the old regime" of Saddam Hussein. (YASSER AL-ZAYYAT/AFP/Getty Images)

BAGHDAD - Iraq's twin challenges of violence and political dysfunction are once again in the international spotlight, now that the Arab League Summit less than a week away.

Nine years after the U.S.-led invasion, Iraq is unfortunately still accustomed to attacks like Tuesday's coordinated bombings, which killed more than 50 and left at least 200 injured.

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