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When Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared his terrorist Islamic State, he ignored a warning from Osama bin Laden that jihadists should be cautious about establishing a caliphate too quickly.In torching a firestorm in Iraq and Syria, Baghdadi has united his enemies and given them a target to attack, just as bin Laden predicted.Baghdadi's bloodbath has achieved the impossible: He has provided a common adversary for Saudis and Iranians, Turks and Kurds. If Obama wants to send a signal that he's serious about helping a new Iraqi government, he should consider sending retired Gen. David Petraeus and former Ambassador Ryan Crocker – the two Americans who probably know Iraq best – to Baghdad as his special envoys.In practice, that will mean arming militia groups that fight under an Iraqi banner, including the Peshmerga and a new Sunni "national guard," which two senior Iraqi Sunni leaders recommended in a separate video interview Sunday night with the Aspen Strategy Group.
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