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Maliki’s sectarian policies have created fertile ground for the jihadis.
The Iraq we knew has come to an end, says Qubad Talabani, the KRG’s Deputy Prime Minister and son of the absent President Jalal Talabani. The political agreement that ultimately will come out of this current crisis is not been discussed, is undefined, it could take many different turns. But the Iraq…that is unitary, that is centralized, that is run and governed by the center, is over.”
It took just days for Sunni jihadi fighters of the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) to capture a large chunk of northern Iraq, expelling the Iraqi army from the country’s second largest city of Mosul and Tikrit, home town of the late Saddam Husain and advancing to within 60km of Baghdad. ISIS has managed to beef up its forces from amongst the disenchanted Sunni minority, former Ba’th Party members and freed prisoners while capturing heavy weaponry from the retreating Iraqi army.
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