A picture taken on May 13, 2014 shows Lakhdar Brahimi, former United Nations and Arab League Special Envoy to Syria, speaking to the media at the end of a meeting with the Security Council at UN headquarters in New York. AFP PHOTO/STAN HONDA
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Former UN and Arab League envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi said Sunday the unrest sweeping Iraq stemmed from the international community's negligence of the conflict in neighbouring Syria.The Algerian statesman briefly served as UN special envoy for Iraq in 2004, following the US-led invasion that toppled the regime of executed dictator Saddam Hussein.He stressed that he had told the UN Security Council in November that the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria, the powerful jihadist group spearheading the offensive in Iraq, was "ten times more active in Iraq than in Syria".
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