- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Iraq’s parliament convened on Tuesday to establish a new unity government with enough power and authority to fight off the “caliphate” that Sunni terrorists have declared for Muslims around the world.

The legislative session went forth in Baghdad’s “green zone,” Reuters reported. Military experts say the fate of Shiite Islamist Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is in jeopardy, and he could face ouster.

Iraq’s government forces have been battling for control of the country with Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant terrorist group fighters for three weeks now. The United Nations reported on Tuesday that more than 2,400 Iraqis were killed in the conflict in June — the deadliest fighting that’s struck the nation since 2007, Reuters reported.

ISIL, meanwhile, has renamed itself the Islamic State and has stated a goal of organizing Muslims around the world under a new caliphate.

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