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Iraqi soldiers stand guard near the Spiral Minaret during an intensive security deployment in Samarra, north of Baghdad July 4, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer

Islamic State crushes and coerces on march towards Baghdad

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BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Using its own version of "soft" and "hard" power, the Islamic State is crushing resistance across northern Iraq so successfully that its promise to march on Baghdad may no longer be unrealistic bravado.

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