Top Shiite Cleric Issues Calls to Arms as Iraq Falls Apart

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The likely breakup of Iraq into feuding ethnic and sectarian bastions accelerated Friday as Iraq's senior Shiite Muslim cleric broke years of support for the central government and decreed that every able-bodied Shiite man had a religious obligation to defend the sect’s holy sites from rebellious Sunni Muslims led by fighters from the extremist Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

Obama Weighs Military Options in Iraq

The menu of options available to President Barack Obama in Iraq is a familiar one: Share intelligence, give tactical advice, launch airstrikes. But the president's decision is complicated by the difficult relationship with Baghdad since U.S. troops left, and the amorphous nature of the enemy.