Iraq is still an absolute disaster. And the Obama administration can't fix it.

President Obama will leave Iraq as he found it — an inherited war passed on to the next administration

Fighting near Baghdad.
(Image credit: (REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani))

How bad is it in Iraq today? Here's one way to answer the question: The government in Baghdad just allowed Russia to start bombing targets on Iraq's home soil.

The territory in question, of course, now belongs to the Islamic State. And the decision, reports by the International Business Times, "comes just days after a U.S. diplomatic envoy sought assurances from the Baghdad government that it would not allow Russian jets to conduct operations inside Iraq."

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