Iraqis survey the wreckage of a vehicle after an explosion at a small bus station in the Mashtal district of Baghdad. A wave of eight car bombs exploded in Shiite-majority areas of Baghdad province on Oct. 27, killing at least 26 people. (SABAH ARAR/AFP/Getty Images)
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s visit to Washington last week to plead for help battling al-Qaida was a sign of how far Iraq has fallen, with 40 mass-casualty attacks a month and shadow governments operating in several provinces. But it may be too late to save Maliki from the Sunni backlash or rescue Iraq from the grip of al-Qaida.
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