Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is being pushed to do more to stop violence that has spiked this summer in Iraq.
The civil war in Syria and a resurgent Al Qaeda are the proximate causes for rising bloodshed in Iraq. But persistent government failure deserves a closer look.
A spate of car bombings and simultaneous attacks on two Iraqi prisons, which freed 500 prisoners, could end the vestiges of restraint preventing political tensions from exploding.
The bombings, which killed dozens, are just another in a series of security failures that have eroded Iraqis' trust in their government.
The answer will determine just how big a setback the overnight attack on the Iraqi prison will be for the Maliki government.
Sgt. Dillard Johnson's new memoir claims he killed 2,746 insurgents in Iraq. Some who served with him express doubts.
For the moment, Baghdad won't be able to stop the Kurdish oil and gas momentum growing in Northern Iraq, Alic writes. Once the pipeline is up and running, the game is over and Baghdad doesn’t have the resources to turn it into a conflict.