This week elections will take place in Iraq. Four years ago, the US-backed regime ofNouri al-Maliki stayed in power even after the opposition party won most of the seats. A West backed “sharing” policy was put in place. No sharing took place, with al-Maliki having the force of the military and US on his side. Since then, he has centralized power around his party, and the Sunni majority in the country has pushed back violently. In the north of the country, Al-Qeada and other militants from Syria have taken control. The border of their control is the city of Fallujah.
Violence has escalated AGAIN; this week, with confirmed bombings throughout the country leading up to the elections. The Shia government has also excluded most of the northern cities under control of militants from voting.