Violence Continues Through Government Standstill In Iraq

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Iraqi forces and mainly Shiite Muslim volunteers arrive in the predominantly-Sunni Muslim city of Samarra, 124 kms from Baghdad on July 2, 2014, to protect the Shiite Muslim Al-Askari shrine which embraces the tombs of the 10th and 11th Imams, Ali Al-Hadi his son Hassan Al-Askari, as Jihadist militants of the Islamic State overrun a large chunk of northern and north-central Iraq. (AFP/Getty Images)

A United Nations report has called June the deadliest month in Iraq in the past year and a half, and there seems to be no end in sight.

As ISIS, now the self-proclaimed Islamic State, continues to hold the city of Mosul and sets its sights on Baghdad, Iraqi parliamentary talks to set up a new government ended in disarray yesterday, with no conclusion reached.

NPR’s Alice Fordham joins Here & Now’s Robin Young to discuss the latest developments in Iraqi politics and security.


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