Mideast Iraq

February 7, 2012 - 7:15 AM
FILE - In this Jan. 18, 2012 file photo, Ayad Allawi, the leader of Iraq's main Sunni-backed bloc and former prime minister, right, gestures as Iraq's Parliament Speaker Osama al-Nujaifi looks on during a meeting of their bloc in Baghdad, Iraq. An official from the bloc said its ministers have ended their boycott of the Cabinet Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012, a move that could restore some stability to the war-ravaged nation. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed, File)