Iraqis have taken to the polls despite the threat of violence, but despite the US spending eight years fighting in Iraq, the elections have been widely ignored by US media.
(Source: Al Jazeera English YouTube channel)
With parliamentary elections approaching, many Iraqis worry about security not just for the vote itself but in the long term. Bomb attacks by al-Qaeda-linked groups have already claimed more than 2,200 lives this year, and frustration at the lack of security is being directed at politicians. The government says it is taking measures like increasing the number of checkpoints to guarantee the safety of people.