When ISIS seized control of Mosul, Iraqi policemen and soldiers fled. Now some of those men are training to try and reclaim Iraq's second-largest city. Yet the support they'll need to beat ISIS doesn't yet seem to be in place.
The US and its allies have been bombing ISIS for almost two months now. But the militants are continuing to advance and are now threatening the Syrian city of Kobane, on the border with Turkey, while Iraq and its Western allies are making piecemeal progress.
Once a week, when night falls in Baghdad, young men get together to drive fast cars and do stunts. The sport is called drifting, and it’s helping some Iraqis forget about the harsh realities of their country's battle with ISIS.
Sectarian discord in Iraq is mounting, and new prime minister Haider al-Abadi must convince Sunnis, Shiites and Kurds to keep working together in a united Iraq. He's Iraq's best hope, but even a change in leadership may not be enough.
Political tensions have calmed in Baghdad, but unrest in Iraq has given power — and weaponry — to the Shiite militias who stepped up to help fight ISIS. Now no one is sure if they'll still listen to the Iraqi government or look after their own interests.
Iraq has a new problem on its hands: A political showdown between current Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and his would-be successor. And the wrangling and potential violence are taking place against a backdrop of a massive humanitarian crisis and American intervention in northern Iraq.
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