THE SUDDEN emergence of ISIS (the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria, also known as IS) as a force to be reckoned with in the Arab Middle East is the latest alarming development in a region awash in violence.

Since mid-June, ISIS forces have seized control of Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city and as much as one-third of the country’s territory, while American-equipped Iraqi forces collapsed and fled, leaving behind vast quantities of advanced weapons.

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