It is an ugly start to August, and after Iraq’s Health Ministry branded last month the deadliest in over two years, today’s death tolls suggest it is indeed no fluke, but part of a growing trend of violence nationwide.
Nationwide, but nowhere as significant as Diyala and the rest of the region around the Syrian border. With the Western-backed rebels in Syria enjoying growing access to foreign weapons, the spillover into Iraq has been palpable, and the Iraqi government’s efforts to bolster border security have not succeeded.
AQI has been declared defeated a number of times by the Maliki government only to reemerge, but this time their return has come in force, and the group threatens to not just continue its domestic operations but to expand globally, including with attacks against the US.
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