Despite the serious security situation, the Iraqi Communist Party(ICP) held its Congress in Baghdad between 10-13 May. This is the first Congress it has been able to hold in the Iraqi capital for 31 years. Recent Congresses have been held in the relative safety of Iraqi Kurdistan and were established with the co-operation of the ICP's sister Party - the Kurdistan Communist Party.
The fact that some 250 delegates and observers were organised to attend this 4 day event is no small achievement in present-day Baghdad.
Here is a translation of an interview with Salam Ali of the ICP's Central Committee about the Congress, which the journal of the Iranian Tudeh Party published earlier this month.
My own 4 part history of the ICP can be found as below -
Part 1. Part 2. Part 3. Part 4.