On the one-year anniversary of Osama bin Laden’s death, defense analysts say that there are plenty of reasons to think that a resurgence of the perniciously resourceful Al Qaeda is not out of the question.
With a string of bombings today in Baghdad, and Sunni militants still in control of parts of Anbar Province, Prime Minister Maliki's iron fist does not seem to be deterring insurgents.
World leaders are urging Prime Minister Maliki to look beyond military means to resolve Iraq's crisis, that has killed more than 900 in January alone.
It's not the Al Qaeda resurgence, Sunni-Shiite fault line narrative you've been hearing.
The chaos in Iraq is largely a function of domestic political decisions. That means the democratic process can still work in Iraq's favor.
The US promised to support Iraq's fight to oust Al Qaeda fighters from occupied cities in Anbar Province – but no boots on the ground. Iran has also offered support.
Bouts of sectarian fighting have worried observers many times over the past few years, but so far the worst has not come to pass.