Iraq’s popular prime minister had long been critical of the often-controversial Shiite Muslim militias. But last week he formed a short-lived alliance with them to compete in general elections. What went wrong?
Late last month the Kurdistan Worker's Party – an organization some describe as terrorist – declared a region of self-rule in the Qandil mountains. Strangely enough, nobody seems all that upset about their claim.
Popular protests in neighbouring Iran saw public opinion in Iraq split. But it was a tricky subject. As one commentator on social media put it: Either you are for the Shiite people, or the Shiite government.