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July 4, 2016

Can Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi Unite Iraq?

Can Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi unite Iraq? The New York Times attempts to answer the question in a July 4, 2016, post headlined ISIS Bombing in Baghdad Casts Doubt on Iraqi Leader’s Ability to Unite. Anyone who has followed the War in Iraq during the past thirteen years will likely conclude that the answer is no.

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The Guardian’s view on war in Iraq…

The Guardian of London told its readers in a July 4, 2016, editorial: “We remember the Battle of the Somme as a futile and bloody disaster: around 300,000 men were killed over a period of six months. Casualties were almost evenly divided: 165,000 Germans may have died, and 145,000 English and French troops; all to shift the frontline six miles across the mud. The news of the latest car bomb in Baghdad, where at least 150 people were killed as they filled the evening streets for an Iftar meal in the middle of Ramadan, is reminder that the 13 years’ war that followed our invasion there has killed as many people – most of them civilians – as died on the allied side at the Somme.” Read it here.

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