They Keep Pulling Us Back In

There is a certain irony that the first airstrikes aimed at ISIS in Iraq came from F-18s flying off the U.S.S. George H. W. Bush. Barack Obama is now the fourth straight president to bomb Iraq. The New Yorker’s Robin Wright on the Iraq Redux.

+ Vox: “In a twist of such bitterly symbolic irony that it could only occur in the Middle East, the US would also be bombing hundreds of millions of dollars worth of American military equipment.”

+ Bombs from the air, and political chaos on the ground in Baghdad.

+ BBC: An interactive video on the rise of the Islamic State.

+ Slate: The Jihadi Gift Shop.

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