Iraq ranks as the world's second most unstable country, according to an annual index of failed states.As I've written previously, it is much easier to create a failed state that to rescue one.
The report - compiled by the US Foreign Policy magazine and the US-based Fund for Peace think-tank - ranks nations according to their vulnerability.
Judged according to 12 criteria, including internal conflict and society breakdown, states range from the most failed, Sudan, to the least, Norway.
Afghanistan is #8 on the list.
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