Iraqi authorities are going to great lengths to pull off a national vote for its parliament on Wednesday, the first since the US troop withdrawal in 2011. The hardest part is to create a sense of normalcy in a country suffering from unrelenting sectarian violence.
We've all seen the pictures of the ISIS militants who have taken over a large part of northern and western Iraq in the last week. They usually have assault weapons and wear strings of ammo or are standing by mounted guns. Which got us wondering, who's their supplier?
A decade of war has destroyed lives, schools and other social institutions in Iraq, killing hope for many Iraqis. Now, a young government worker is trying to awaken cultural pride and optimism by leaving books at the cafes frequented by young Iraqis.
The Sunni militants who've rampaged through parts of Iraq have reportedly executed many Shiites in Iraq's army. In territories conquered by the militants, Sunnis wonder if they will be the ones to suffer for this violence if Iraq's army recaptures their towns.