Although many Sunni politicians tried to block the passage of a November law that legitimized Iraq’s Shiite volunteer militias, some did not. They want the 30,000 or so Sunni volunteer fighters to get their share too.
This week a literature and culture festival takes place in Iraqi Kurdistan. Despite the financial crisis, the Andisheh Cultural Centre insists on the importance of literature and will keep on publishing.
In Mosul, Iraq’s elite counter-terrorism forces are fighting from street corner to street corner. They’ve been ordered to take extreme care of civilian lives but in the process, are losing many more of their own men.