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INTERVIEW: Islamic militants have taken over Iraq’s second-largest city

By Public Radio International,  June 10, 2014

“Where did it all go wrong?” asks Zaid Al-Ali, an Iraqi legal scholar and author of “The Struggle for Iraq’s Future. “The Iraqi military and its special forces, its regular forces, its police forces, were trained over and over again by the United States military and associated forces in Iraq,” Ali says. “Hundreds of millions of dollars, if not more, were spent on these training programs.”

“What on Earth has happened?” he asks. “Why was a group of around a few thousands fighters capable of taking one of the Middle East’s biggest cities in just a matter of a few hours?”

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