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This Map Of Religion In The Middle East Shows Why Iraq Is So Crucial

• Business Insider

The conflict has all of the makings of a sectarian war at a time when the civil war in neighboring Syria grinds on in its fourth year. Brookings expert Matthew Pollack thinks that, absent a huge influx of military assistance from an foreign backer, "the fighting will probably continue for years and hundreds of thousands will die."

Furthermore, Dexter Filkins of The New Yorker notes that "the events unfolding in Iraq point toward a much wider war, reaching from the Iranian frontier to the Mediterranean coast."

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