During the recent Iraqi elections, Sunni Muslim parties lost almost 20 seats in parliament. Observers and politicians are arguing about reasons for the loss, and other Sunni losses over the past decade.
Before the elections, Iraqi Kurdish media engaged in rabble rousing, defamation and violating electoral rules, reporting more about what was wrong with the opposition than what was right with their own party.
Locals in Tarmiyah, north of Baghdad, thought official security forces would protect them from the extremist Islamic State group and gave up weapons. They were recently proven wrong. Now they want their guns back.