Omar Al-Nidawi

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Omar Al-Nidawi

Iraq is witnessing the bursting of a dam whose cracks have been visible for some time. ISIS may seem like it appeared out of nowhere, but the groundwork for the group’s onslaught was laid a long time ago.

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Eli Sugarman and Omar Al-Nidawi

After four years in exile, the former radical Shia militant Muqtada al-Sadr returned to Iraq in early 2011. For the past two years, he has sought to rebrand himself as a moderate with an inclusive message -- but it remains unclear whether Iraqis should accept his new persona as genuine.