The Monitor's View An ancient way to rally Iraqis

A reformed democracy has helped unite Iraqis to fight Islamic State. Yet just as important is their shared history as home to humanity's first civilizations, reflected in the reopening of the Iraq National Museum.

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Ever since the 2003 American invasion, Iraq has tried to re-create a national identity. Its new democracy, however, suffered from mistakes and foreign meddling, which only elevated other identities, such as Sunni and Shiite. Yet in the past year, a more inclusive government has revived Iraqi identity, which now helps to motivate the Army to fight Islamic State (IS).