Middle East Focus on Islamic State has left Baghdad residents vulnerable to crime

While security forces focus on stopping the Islamic State advance, Baghdad residents are falling victim to a rise in opportunistic crime. Increasingly, Shiite militias rule the streets.

By , Correspondent

Karim Kadim/AP

While security forces in Baghdad focus on stopping the advance of Islamic State militants, residents of the capital are falling victim to an increase in opportunistic crime which is threatening the fragile bonds that have held neighborhoods together.