June 12, 2014

America's Legacy in Iraq

Dexter Filkins, New Yorker

The Associated Press

The capture of Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city, by Sunni extremists on Tuesday is the most dramatic example of the resurgence of the country’s sectarian war, which began almost immediately after the withdrawal of the last American forces in December, 2011. The fighters who took Mosul are attached to an Al Qaeda spawn called the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, or ISIS, which is now poised to carve out a rump state across the Sunni-dominated lands that stretch from western Baghdad to the Syrian border and beyond.

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TAGGED: United States, Middle East, ISIS, Mosul, Nouri Al-Maliki, Iraq

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