The Islamic State group has caused a realignment of Iraq’s political map. Next year’s provincial elections will signal who will rule the land after the security crisis has passed - and it may not be to everyone's liking.
Fighting on the Iraq-Iran border has seen deaths and controversial statements, including a threat to invade Iraq. It may also mark a new era of unity for emboldened Iranian Kurdish, anti-government groups
The controversial former Prime Minister of Iraq was in Kurdistan a lot this month, to “bless” a new political union there. But many say he’s actually just trying to gather support for a new bid for power in Baghdad.
The story of one criminal, neighbourhood bully, who joined the extremist Islamic State, then emigrated to Europe. His family and friends suspect he’s gone to become part of a terrorist sleeper cell in Belgium.