Once considered a bastion of al-Qaeda in Iraq, the Baghdad district of al-Doura is now called “victory neighbourhood“, where attacks are rare. But as the US military prepares to withdraw from Iraqi cities, al-Doura remains a maze of cement walls built to enforce security and keep Shia militias out.
As Al Jazeera’s Hoda Abdel-Hamid reports, former residents say they are hesitant to return until al-Doura becomes the multi-religious district it once was.
Since the overthrow of Saddam Hussein, there has been growing concern about what many in Iraq see as Tehran’s interference in their country.
Now, some Iraqis say they are watching Iran’s post-election events unfold with a degree of satisfaction, because they believe the root cause of the turmoil and internal conflict in their country is Iran.
Al Jazeera’s Hoda Abdel-Hamid reports from Irbil, in northern Iraq.