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Should we intervene in Iraq? The key questions

David Cameron could recall parliament to debate British action in the embattled country

By Josh Lowe  

RAF Tornado jets, similar to these, are already heading to Iraq

The terrorist group Islamic State (IS) is more than just a gaggle of violent jihadists. As Patrick Cockburn has pointed out in the LRB, IS now controls a third of Syria. Following new gains this month, it controls more than a quarter of Iraq. It has oil and gas, as well as battle-won bounty. It is excellent at training and converting soldiers. It may not look much like…

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