REUTERS/Stringer - A car is engulfed by flames during clashes in the city of Ramadi, May 16, 2015. Islamic State militants drove security forces from a key military base in western Iraq on Sunday and Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi authorized the deployment of Shi'ite paramilitaries to wrest back control of the mainly Sunni province.

Opinion

Why ISIS is on the march in Sunni Iraq?

May 20, 2015, Luay Al-Khatteeb

With the Islamic State's recent victory in the city of Ramadi, Iraq is in a difficult spot. Luay al-Khatteeb writes that for Iraqis to reconcile their differences, influential players in the Middle East have to reconcile and stop using Iraq as a battlefield for their proxy war, and that Iraq needs western powers to act as strategic allies to safeguard its nascent democracy and contribute to state building.

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