Iraq: 'Iraq is Dead'

The social fabric of Iraq has been torn apart. There is no single and distinct ‘Iraqi’ nationalism and the country has fractured into regions dominated by sectarian, ethnic or tribal groups. This leaves the government unable to exert authority and it is, at best, one of several ‘state-like’ actors. There is not one civil war, nor one insurgency, but several civil wars and insurgencies between different communities and organisations.

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