Sectarian and regional divisions are rife as Iraq holds parliamentary elections. 

Many accuse Nouri Al-Maliki, the Shia prime minister, of promoting a sectarian agenda and straining ties with neighbouring countries, with Sunnis in the region accusing him of being run by Iran.
 
Al Jazeera's Hashem Ahelbarrah reports on the sectarian and regional challenges facing Iraq while violence rages on.

Source: Al Jazeera