Almost a year and a half since the final withdrawal of American combat forces, Iraq continues to be wracked by seemingly endless violence. The killing has become even more intense of late; 712 Iraqis died in April, making it the bloodiest month in the country since June 2008 according to the UN.

The uptick in violence has led some to suggest that Iraq is on the precipice of returning to a state of upheaval unseen since the height of the sectarian war in 2006, when the country existed in a...

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