The current violence in Iraq is part of a wider Sunni Arab revolt in the country and not just a campaign by Islamist militants, fugitive vice-president Tarek al-Hashemi has told Reuters.
"What happened in my country...is desperate people revolted. Simple as that. Arab Sunni communities over 11 years faced discrimination, injustice, corruption," he said, rejecting the suggestion that militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant alone were responsible.
The Foreign Secretary has been clear on the threat of Isis, but he has ruled out the prospect of any UK military involvement in the crisis.
Iraq’s foreign minister, Hoshyar Zebari, is a natural diplomat. Polite, immaculately dressed, and blessed with a great memory.
Isis has paraded military equipment in Mosul it captured from when the Iraqi army fled in what some see as a "nightmare scenario."