Iraq’s post-2003 political system is coming apart at the seams. Terrorist networks are once again active, and bombings of Sunni and Shi’a mosques are on the increase. Corruption is rampant. The main political parties have proved unable to work together, meaning that the government cannot address major political or economic issues.

Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki has said that the country is facing four possibilities: civil war; partition; early elections to put together a new coalition; or a dialogue among the present parties to find a modus vivendi. (CONTINUED - 770 WORDS)