Iraq and region: volatile and getting worse (click to read)

Below is lifted from New York Times and describes the ominous situation in the Middle East right now:

“…That fighting [in Iraq], and a deadly bombing in the Beirut area on Thursday, provided the latest evidence that the Syrian civil war was helping breed bloodshed and sectarian violence around the region, further destabilizing Lebanon and Iraq while fueling a resurgence of radical Islamist fighters…”