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The bloody war against Islamic State will tear apart Iraq, even if Iraq prevails.

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The root causes of the war are an alienation of the Sunni population from the government – which they view as being dominated by Shiites and wanting to destroy communities they live in. So by sending in militias that are doing exactly that – looting, burning, killing, committing what amounts to ethnic cleansing – they’re only going to drive people more into the arms of ISIS.

Journalist Matthieu Aikins reports back from Baghdad, and Iraq’s battle against Islamic State, where armed militias and sectarian conflicts threaten the stability the country is fighting to reclaim.

Matthieu’s newest writing for Rolling Stone is Inside Baghdad’s Brutal Battle Against ISIS.

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Matthieu Aikins

Matthieu Aikins is a journalist who has been reporting from South Asia and the Middle East since 2008.

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