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The speed at which an army of thugs and brigands has taken over the cities of northern Iraq is astonishing. For many Iraqis, the future looks like a terrifying downward spiral into a world of random violence, feudal justice and persecution. For the rest of the world, the sweeping victory of an Al-Qaeda splinter group over government forces armed to the teeth with American weaponry, not only raises questions about Iraq’s future as a major oil producer but asks us to reassess what role the Arab states can claim as reliable energy suppliers.

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