House of cards

Print edition : August 22, 2014

The Prophet Younis mosque after it was destroyed in a bomb attack by militants of the Islamic State, in Mosul on July 24. Photo: STRINGER/IRAQ/REUTERS

Abu Baker al-Baghdadi in his public appearance on July 4, when he delivered a sermon at the Mosul mosque after Friday prayers. This image is taken from a video recording posted on the Internet the day after. Photo: REUTERS

Iraqi Special Operations Forces looking for Islamic State militants, in Ramadi on July 22. Photo: REUTERS

Iraqi children who fled with their families the violence in the northern city of Tal Afar at the Khazer refugee camp near the Kurdish checkpoint of Aski Kalak, 40 km West of Arbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq on July 27. Photo: SAFIN HAMED/AFP

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