The Iraqi parliament’s decision to establish a National Guard that would include all sects has been criticized by those who consider it an opportunity for terrorists to join the forces and further exacerbate the sectarian tensions in the country.
Poet Amal al-Jubouri poses for a photograph at her home in south west London, Oct. 3, 2014. Iraqi-born poet Amal al-Jubouri may not have the Hollywood recognition of Angelina Jolie, but both women are artists who have decided to use their talents and profile to help the victims of war. When al-Jubouri, one of the foremost poets writing in Arabic, met Jolie this year, she urged the actress and U.N. humanitarian envoy to go with her and see the worsening hardships in her homeland. Jolie has already visited Iraq in previous years.