With ISIS out of the way, underlying tensions have come to the surface.
The Kurdish region wants to think in the long-term, but even the short-term looks difficult.
There are repercussions tied to America's actions in Syria that will impact the entire Middle East region.
Up to two dozen are killed a month in the conflict.
The Kurdish region faces a multiplicity of hurdles as it prepares for the "yes to independence" referendum.
In reaching Iraq’s border with Syria, the militias have reached a new phase of their mission.
The United States will come and go, but Iraq's divisions will remain.
And at the center of it all are the Kurds.
The rise and fall of ISIS has sharpened and focused the divisions in Iraq, instead of healing them.
The bells in churches across northern Iraq may have been rung again during Christmas, but the future is unclear.
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