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Can Iraq Survive?

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The news from Iraq has been so bad for so long, it has become difficult to distinguish the merely depressing from the genuinely disastrous. But the fall of Mosul, the country’s second largest city, to jihadi forces this week provided a shock well above and beyond the quotidian misery — one …

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How ISIS Leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi Became the World’s Most Powerful Jihadist Leader


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For all his power and newfound notoriety, there are only two authenticated photos of a man now called the world’s “most powerful jihadi leader.” One shows a serious man with an olive complexion and round countenance. The other, released by the Iraqi government in January, depicts an unsmiling bearded figure in a black suit. The image is …

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Militants Sweeping Toward Baghdad

Burned vehicles belonging to Iraqi security forces on Wednesday, the day after Sunni insurgents seized control of the city of Mosul. Credit Reuters

Sunni militants extended their control over parts of northern and western Iraq on Wednesday as Iraqi government forces crumbled in disarray. The militants overran the city of Tikrit, seized facilities in the strategic oil refining town of Baiji, and threatened an important Shiite shrine in Samarra as they moved south …

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ISIS in Mosul, as Thousands of Residents Flee to Kurdistan

ISIS terrorists won't be able to run their state over the long-term, experts warn.

Fighters of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) still control eight neighborhoods of Mosul, Iraq’s interior ministry said, as local officials demanded help from Kurdish Peshmarga forces to oust the al-Qaeda splinter group. Meanwhile, thousands seeking safety from the worsening security situation in Nineveh province — where Mosul …

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