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Iraqi democracy has been
more or less written off by the West. Combating its political gridlock,
sectarianism and corruption will be harder than defeating Daesh. The best way
Baghdad can start solving these problems is to strike a deal to retake Mosul.
There is little doubt that Islamic State is here to stay as a headache in the Middle East. The only question is how serious a headache for local and foreign powers it will be by mid-2017. Even under the best-case scenario, its clandestine cells will remain active in eastern and northern Syria and in the Sunni areas of Iraq. ...
Professor Dr. Amatzia Baram