- Iraqi forces clashed with a militia following a local Shia cleric in Karbala, south of Baghdad. Prime Minister Maliki seems to be losing support even from his Shia backers.
- Meanwhile fighting against ISIL continued in the north in several contested areas of strategic significance.
- The sites for these clashes are familiar and echo fights that took place after the First Gulf War.
- Like Jordan, Saudi Arabia is deploying troops along its border with Iraq.
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