In Iraq, Disunity on All Fronts

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The Iraqi Parliament met today to begin selecting a new unity government. Within minutes, enough members walked out that they had to call it quits. Outside of Baghdad, the Sunni militant group ISIS has declared a swath of territory across borders as its own Islamic state, but even they face unity challenges. Can Russian jets, Iranian Generals and hundreds of US military advisors shore up Iraq’s vulnerable leader? Is the threat level high enough to force the Obama administration to re-engage in a war it had declared over?

Also, death threats, audits and the rise and fall of Blackwater.

Banner Image: Militant Islamist fighters take part in a military parade along the streets of northern Raqqa province June 30, 2014. Militant Islamist fighters held a parade in Syria's northern Raqqa province to celebrate their declaration of an Islamic "caliphate" after the group captured territory in neighbouring Iraq, a monitoring service said. The Islamic State, an al Qaeda offshoot previously known as Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), posted pictures online on Sunday of people waving black flags from cars and holding guns in the air, the SITE monitoring service said. REUTERS

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Barbara Bogaev