From Al Jazeera. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.
Many analysts blame months of political instability across Iraq for the current crisis facing the government.
The combination of the rise of the Islamic State group, Kurdish opposition and weakening support from Iran has eroded Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki's support base.
Al Jazeera's Dominic Kane reports from Baghdad on the fragile political situation in Iraq: