Iraqi new parliament members argue during the first session of the new parliament in the heavily fortified Green Zone in Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, July 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)
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Iraq's deadlocked parliament ended its second session after just 30 minutes Sunday without making any progress toward forming a new government that can unite the country and confront the Sunni militant blitz that has seized control of a huge chunk of the country.The urgency for Iraq's lawmakers to bridge their differences and forge an agreement stems from the threat the nation faces from the Sunni militants who swept across much of northern and western Iraq over the past month, raising the prospect of an Iraq cut in three along ethnic and sectarian lines.The jihadi group has been joined in Iraq by an array of other Sunni militant factions, including the Army of the Men of the Naqshbandi Order -- a collection of former members of Saddam Hussein's now-outlawed Baath party. The fugitive al-Douri is the highest-ranking member of Saddam's toppled government who escaped the 2003 U.S.-led invasion and eluded security forces ever since.The man purported to be al-Douri rejected Iraq's political process, calling it "dirty" and "a conspiracy" to serve the interests of the regional Shiite power, Iran.Iran has maintained close ties with successive Shiite-led governments in Iraq since the ouster of Saddam Hussein, a Sunni who oppressed the Shiites.
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