As the parades were going on today in Baghdad, news came from the west of Iraq about the fall to Isis extremists of a strategically vital border crossing with Syria that could allow the insurgents to establish a supply route for an assault on the Iraqi capital.
Iraqi government forces are holding off the Sunni extremists to the north but the battle for this city may have only just begun and it may become a brutal sectarian fight.
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."