The head of Iraq's Chaldean Church revealed that his community will not hold public celebrations of Christmas this year. The goodwill gesture comes amid mass rallies that have rocked Iraq's capital and southern cities, which been met with violence by security forces and armed groups, leaving nearly 430 dead.
The most senior Muslim cleric in Iraq, Ayatollah Sistani, backed the UN in calling on the Iraqi Government to get "serious" about reforms as anti-government protests, that have cost hundreds of lives, continue.
Despite three years passing since the defeat of ISIS in Sinjar, residents say that the city has not recovered from the damage. Furthermore, the struggle between the central government and the KRG has placed the city in political impasse.