Annan: Mideast Leaders View Iraq War as Disaster

“U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan has said leaders of Middle Eastern nations believe the Iraq war has “been a real disaster” for the region.

His comments to reporters on Wednesday came after a two-week trip through the Middle East and on a day when separate bomb attacks killed at least 22 people in Baghdad.

“Honestly, most of the leaders I spoke to felt the invasion of Iraq and its aftermath has been a real disaster for them,” Annan said. “They believe it has destabilized the region.” More