June 27, 2014

Iraq Should Stop Trying to Be 'Inclusive'

Marina Ottaway, Foreign Policy

The Associated Press

Want to see what futile U.S. foreign policy looks like? See Secretary of State John Kerry's trip to Baghdad and Kurdistan earlier this week.

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TAGGED: Iraq, John Kerry, Kurds, Sunnis, Shiites


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