A new initiative by Ammar al-Hakim may succeed in solving the Anbar crises because it relies on more than security measures.
A secret deal was done between the tribes of Anbar and Sunni Muslim extremists this week.
Local leaders in Anbar seek a local solution to the current crisis.
A US official says Washington is pressing the Iraqi government to broker a long-stalled oil law and end a controversial de-Baathification law.
Recent clashes in Anbar have made Iraq's future even more uncertain.
The fighting in Iraq’s Anbar province is complex, with forces belonging to the ISIS, local tribes, al-Qaeda and assorted armed groups.
Having instilled fear in local populations, Sunni and Shiite militias across Iraq maintain an iron fist over the daily affairs of Iraqi citizens.
The case of an 8-year-old girl who was beaten for not wearing a headscarf has highlighted the ongoing use of violence as a form of punishment in Iraqi schools.
Only a few years ago a woman driving on the streets of Karbala was an unusual sight, one that some considered indecent and odd. But this has changed a lot.
In a rare interview at his headquarters in Najaf, Shia cleric Sadr speaks of his fears for a nation growing ever more divided on sectarian lines.