Iraqi Shiite tribal fighters raise their weapons and chant slogans against ISIS, after authorities urged Iraqis to help battle insurgents, in Baghdad's Sadr City, Iraq, Wednesday, June 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)
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A lightning offensive by Sunni militants may have sounded the death knell of a centralized Iraq, say analysts, who say the country, at best, may survive as a federal state.In just a week, an insurgency spearheaded by the jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) has laid bare the country's sectarian and ethnic divisions. The Kurds, who have had their own autonomous region within Iraq since 1991, have long laid claim to Kirkuk, as its energy resources would enable them to enjoy total economic sovereignty.The Iraqi Kurds' premier has said it will be "almost impossible" for Iraq to return to how it was before last week. John Drake, an expert on Iraq with British security group AKE, was asked if Iraq could remain united.Arthur Quesnay, from the Institut Francais du Proche Orient, said he believes Iraq can remain whole, but only if it adopts federalism.
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