Iraq’s Sunni Muslims are anxiously watching the debate over the presence of US troops in Iraq. Civilians believe they are an important neutralising presence and military personnel want their help and their technology.
Thousands of locals in Mosul are still waiting to hear if loved ones, taken by the Islamic State, are alive or dead. It’s become a political cause celebre and some worry that grieving families are being exploited.
The Sunni Muslim volunteers who fought extremists are supposed to be integrated into federal security forces too. But Anbar fighters have heard that promise before and they’re worried it might not happen.