The explosion that tore through a packed street in Baghdad was the deadliest terrorist attack in the capital’s history. At least 250 people were killed by a suicide truck bomb dispatched last Sunday by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil).
Almost equally significant was what happened next. When Haidar al-Abadi, the prime minister, tried to visit the scene, he was forced to retreat by a furious crowd which pelted his convoy with stones.
As Sir John Chilcot delivers his report, today’s Iraq is a country ravaged by sectarian violence and misruled by a deeply unpopular administration in Baghdad.