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  1. Iraqi Government Loses More Ground as U.S. Considers Options

    President Obama acknowledged that the U.S. is considering “all options” as Iraq struggles to hold back Islamist militants who have seized two more towns in their push towards Baghdad. Despite historical animosity between the two countries, Iran says it has deployed an elite military unit to assist with the protection of the capital. The goal of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) is apparently to create an Islamist emirate spanning Iraq and Syria. One observer argues that if ISIL consolidates its control of Iraqi cities it will be the most significant act by a jihadist group since 9/11.

    Sources: WSJ (sub), BBC, Al Jazeera

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