The new Iraqi parliament postponed the next scheduled session for 5 weeks, making the political paralysis in Iraq longer as the military forces of the country fight Sunni Islamist insurgency. An army general was also killed by the insurgency close to Baghdad.
The Iraki parliament will not meet until August 12th. The work of reaching a consensus for the top 3 posts in the government is not taken with open arms by the US, Iran, UN and Shi’ite clergy in Iraq since they all urged the formation of a government.
The Iraqi military is currently not able to take back any of the major cities that were conquered by the insurgents. However, it tries to advance towards Tikrit.
According to the UN, 2,400 Iraqi citizens died in the month of June, making it the deadliest since the US surge offensive that took place in 2007.
Major General Negm Abdullah Ali, senior official in the military, was killed 16 km away from the capital during defense fights against insurgents.