The history behind Iraq’s quick descent back into chaos is on today’s cover


Less than three years after American troops left Iraq, the country is back in crisis. Given its geographical and political position in the Middle East, trouble in Iraq is troubling for the world. How far back does the unrest go? And how is the rest of the region — and United States — involved?

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Samantha Dean is a lover of books, random facts and inside jokes. A University of Florida grad, she has worked as a copy editor at The Wall Street Journal, The Dow Jones Newswires and Mashable. You can contact her at Samantha.Dean@washpost.com. Got any strong feelings about the Oxford comma?

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