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Iraq Crisis: Mosul is just one battle in Islam’s civil war

The struggle against the insurgency has wider consequences for the conflict between Sunni and Shia Islam

By Robert Fry  

Civilians flee the city as Iraq prepares for a long fight. © AA/TT/TT News Agency/PA Images

Read more on the Mosul crisis: What and who is ISIS?

Everything that I have read so far about the capture of the city of Mosul in northern Iraq by the terrorist group the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Shams (ISIS) has focused on the group’s links to Al Qaeda. This may be true, but it completely misses the point. This is not about Al Qaeda. What we’re seeing is another subset of the…

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