Over 13 years since the US-led invasion and two years since Islamic State (Isis) emerged out of the deserts of Syria and conquered Iraqi cities as far south as Tikrit, it is rare to see positive headlines from Iraq. While there have been brief periods between 2003 and 2016 when Iraq has looked to be improving, they have nearly always been followed by a descent into bloodshed and chaos.
The horrific bombing that struck Baghdad on Sunday, killing some 165 people two days before the Muslim holiday of Eid, brought home the deadly reality that in the 13 years since Britain and the US ousted former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, Iraq remains a byword for destruction and death. Daesh, ousted from Fallujah just last month, are still capable of inflicting havoc on the country.
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