With thousands killed after the 2003 US invasion and little social change, Iraqi's have paid a high price for democracy.
Latest offensive against fighters is likely to decide the future of embattled President Abd Rabu Mansour Hadi.
Ammar al-Hakim, a charismatic and respected Shia leader, has the power to select his country's next prime minister.
Al Jazeera journalist, who has been detained in Cairo jail since August and has been on a hunger strike, writes of hope.
With constant violence, negotiating Iraq's capital is not easy. Yet every day, the streets are busy.
Today was a chance to celebrate that, bar a few isolated incidents, Iraq voted. But the euphoria may be short-lived.
Now a refugee in Turkey Mohammed says moderate FSA fighters facing siege and starvation have been left with few choices.
As violence, poverty and corruption seem to be on the rise, Iraqis find it hard to relate to campaigning politicians.
Sattar Sa'ad from Iraq was named the winner of "The Voice" during a live broadcast on Saudi-owned MBC TV from Beirut.
The summit was the first since Saudi Arabia, UAE and Bahrain withdrew their ambassadors from Qatar.
Checkposts are a fact of life in the city, and as long as they are, they will be run by the rules Iraqi forces see fit.