The party is one of the two ruling parties in Kurdish administered northern Iraq. With a mixed population of Sunni Arabs and ethnic Kurds, Mosul is a flashpoint of violence.
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SUNNI, SHI'A: Iraq is riven along sectarian lines, faults that frequently produce violent clashes and are a constant source of tension. Sectarian concerns drive much of Iraqi politics and are the main threat to the country's fragile security environment.