Iraq: beyond the point of no return?

Iraq’s “squabbling political factions” failed to get the process of forming a new government underway on Tuesday, increasing the likelihood of partition “under the strain of the raging insurgency”, says Ruth Sherlock in The Daily Telegraph.

Foreign and domestic powers had hoped this parliamentary session – the first since the prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki, was re-elected in April – would be the “crucial step to forming a unity government” that would draw Sunni tribal support away from the jihadist group, the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isis).

But the session descended into disarray after Sunni MPs, who are [...]

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