An entire generation of Iraqis have been robbed of their childhoods and those responsible for the devastation will never face accountability.
For a brief moment, ordinary Iraqi's experienced what it feels like to have politicians on their best behaviour. That was a week ago, and the Pope and the world's attention are no longer there.
In capital Baghdad and southern cities, demonstrators chant "we reject Allawi" and hold posters of the new PM's face with a red cross through it a day after Mohammed Tawfiq Allawi's appointment.
Both Washington and Tehran have embarked on reckless foreign policies in Iraq, which deny Baghdad sovereignty and have led to constant instability.
Iraqi demonstrators are being killed in the streets for demanding an end to a corrupt status quo propped installed by the US and propped up by Iran.
The 'defeat' of Daesh will lead to a rebirth of Daesh that could make them more dangerous, and harder to fight.
If the US genuinely wanted to counter Iran, and strengthen Iraq, it would put its considerable resources towards helping Iraqis build an authentic national movement that represents all Iraqis.
Three high-profile American visits to Iraq indicate a renewed importance of the nation for Trump’s foreign policy
Kurdish candidate Barham Saleh sweeps to the post of president of Iraq following which he instructs former vice president and veteran Shia politician Adel Abdel Mahdi to form a government.
Iraq's current system of democracy is hardwired for sectarianism, but its discontents suffer without prejudice.
The session was held after 16 political groupings, including those of Shia cleric Muqtada al Sadr and outgoing Prime Minister Haider al Abadi, reached an accord to create the biggest bloc in parliament.
In the international media, Iraq is often portrayed between sectarian binaries. The reality is far more simple. Iraqis of all backgrounds suffer from corruption and nepotism, and that, more than anything, unites them.
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