File - In June 23, 2014 photo, fighters from the Islamic State group parade in a commandeered Iraqi security forces armored vehicle down a main road at the northern city of Mosul, Iraq. (AP Photo)
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A seasoned mediator, O'Malley brought together warring parties in Iraq at the height of the sectarian conflict in 2007 and 2008, resulting in an agreement that formed the basis for political reconciliation in Iraq and helped curb the violence.This is striking because IS is focused on establishing a caliphate and has no particular eye on destroying Israel -- and the finding could open a Pandora's box, O'Malley said.It begins with developing relationships in the community, building trust with people in the lower levels of all the warring parties, and gradually working your way up.The divide is one reason for Islamic State's rise, supported by Sunni tribal leaders in Iraq who feel disenfranchised by the Shia-dominated government in Baghdad.O'Malley describes being stuck in traffic in Baghdad two years ago, because bombs had gone off that day.In O'Malley's experience, one divided society is in the best position to help another.
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