- Iraq asked the US to launch air strikes against jihadists, but the US Administration and prominent US lawmakers hinted that prime minister Maliki should first resign to make room for a more inclusive government. Maliki says he won’t quit. The Pentagon reportedly submitted to the President a plan to send special operations advisers in Iraq.
- Iraq was expected to provide a significant chunk of the newly available oil required by future world markets, but ISIS’ offensive is sending jitters through energy markets.
- The kidnapping of Turkish and Indian workers is making this crisis directly felt by their respective governments.
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