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PATRICK MARTIN

In Samarra, Iraq’s appointment with death

The takeover of the Iraqi city of Mosul this week by the jihadist group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant marks a dramatic new phase in the battle between Shiites and Sunnis.

Mosul, the one-time capital of Mesopotamia, has now become the capital of terrorism, some might say, should the brutal ISIL decide to use it as their base of operations for attacks on Shiites and others around the region.