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Restore peace to the Fertile Crescent

With the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham gaining another foothold in Iraq, Iraqi leaders need to affirm the country's unity.
A man walks past near remains of burnt vehicles belonging to Iraqi security forces in the northern Iraq city of Mosul, June 13, 2014. A Sunni Islamist offensive threatening to dismember Iraq seemed to slow on Saturday after days of lightning advances as government forces reported regaining territory in counter-attacks, easing pressure on Baghdad's Shi'ite-led government. Picture taken June 13, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer (IRAQ - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS) - RTR3TR9S

In general, the Arabs have always described Syria and Iraq as the Fertile Crescent. Sadly, this description is no longer viable or applicable.

With the fall of Mosul — Iraq's second largest city after Baghdad — and ISIS's thrust toward Baghdad, the sudden crumbling of the Iraqi army took Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's government and others by total surprise.

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