Ever since the Islamic State took control of most of Anbar, authorities in Karbala have been concerned about security. Measures taken include digging a trench, closing roads and recruiting students on holiday to fight.
A lack of trustworthy information from inside Mosul has seen locals give up on Iraqi media and turn to satire. Meanwhile the Islamic State sets up outdoor cinemas to convince Mosul they're here to stay.
A recent Wikileaks release indicates some Iraqi politicians had closer ties to Saudi Arabia than anyone expected. After calling for the death penalty, partisan media have suddenly stopped reporting the scandal.