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When the US "liberated" Iraq in 2003, we didn't just topple a brutal dictatorship that kept a lid on simmering ethnic and religious tensions, we also overturned the sectarian imbalance that had been in place for generations.
The problem can be traced to what the US conservative columnist George Will has called the "ruinous grandiosity" of George W. Bush's "freedom agenda."
The invasion ended their hold on power and presaged the rise of the majority Shia who overtly champion a sectarian identity.
Christopher Hill former ambassador to Iraq wrote "The failure of neoconservatives and their fellow travellers to explain what they were trying to accomplish in Iraq remains one of the most disgraceful performances by a foreign policy class in America."
It is also important to recognise why the jihadists promote footage of carefully choreographed beheadings of Western hostages: they want to draw America and her allies deeper into Iraq.
The failure to understand Iraq's sectarianism helps explain today's mess.
A suicide car bomber struck near the headquarters of the European police training mission in Kabul on Monday, killing one Afghan civilian and wounding five others nearby.
A separate explosion struck near Kabul’s international airport earlier on Monday, Kabul was hit by a high number of attacks in the last weeks of 2014, as the Taliban targeted government, military and foreign installations. A total of six foreigners were killed.
Taliban attacks have increasingly been testing the ability of the Afghan army.
Saudi Arabia is on alert for jihadi attacks after a general and another soldier were killed by a suicide bomber on the country’s border with Iraq, it is thought likely to be Islamic State (Isis), which controls large areas of neighbouring Iraq as well as Syria.