Al Qaeda Drives Iraq Toward Chaos -- Washington Times
U.S. withdrawal left door open to sectarian battle for power
Security inside Iraq is unraveling at an alarming pace, and al Qaeda terrorists there aren’t just pulling the thread; they’re setting it on fire.
More than 1,000 Iraqis were killed in bombings and shootings last month, making July the deadliest month since violence between Sunni and Shiite Muslims peaked from 2006 to 2008, the United Nations says.
On Thursday, gunmen stormed a policeman’s home in Tikrit and killed him, his wife and their three children. When neighbors later approached the house, a nearby car bomb exploded and killed eight people — a noted al Qaeda tactic, though the terrorist group has not claimed responsibility for the attack.
In the past week alone, more than 85 Iraqis have been gunned down or blown up.
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My Comment: I personally am relieved that U.S. forces are now out of Iraq. The fight between Sunnis and Shiites goes back centuries .... and while a heavy U.S. military presence would be one way to clamp down on the violence .... realistically .... I doubt that there is any political or public will in the U.S. to commit tens of thousands of soldiers, hundreds of billions of dollars, and the loss and destruction of American lives .... to help a people who have been hostile to us in the past, present, and will in the future.