*Officials in the northern city of Mosul (pop. 1.7 million) are saying that they have struck a deal with Syria such that it will provide the city with electricity in return for Iraqi petroleum. Such economic and political interactions between Iraq and Syria are inevitable, and raise severe questions about the American Enterprise Institute’s plan of overthrowing the Syrian government. Even American-occupied Iraq is helping the Syrian economy. (-al-Sharq al-Awsat).