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Print edition : July 25, 2014

ISIS fighters crossing the border between Syria and Iraq. Photo: By Special Arrangement

ISIS fighters in their Toyotas parade on the streets of northern Raqqa province in Syria on June 30. Photo: REUTERS

An ISIS fighter in Mosul sitting under a sign that reads, “The Iraqi Army is a Thorn in the Eyes of Terrorism.” Photo: By Special Arrangement

A police station after clashes between ISIS fighters and Iraqi security forces in central Tikrit, on July 1. Photo: AP

Nouri Al-Maliki, Iraqi Prime Minister. He had no agenda to address the root cause of sectarianism. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AP

The tinderbox of regional chaos was opened by the U.S. invasion of Iraq and the Gulf Arab-Turkey support for Islamist fighters in northern Syria and Iraq.
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