Introduction: A turning point? The upcoming parliamentary elections may represent an important turning point in Iraqi politics, as the rivalry between current prime minister Haider al-Abadi and his predecessor Nouri al-Maliki has caused a schism within the ruling Dawa party, which has been in power since 2005. Although political splits among the Shia community do not constitute a new trend, the antagonism between Abadi and Maliki, as well as populist cleric Muqtada al-Sadr’s scope of influence, are expected to have a significant impact on government formation. United in their fight against Saddam Hussein’s oppression for decades, the Shia groups are now deeply divided over the appropriate approach in the task of rebuilding the state. The fight against ISIS also saw the emergence of the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), a Shia organization of 60 militias with 66,000 fighters, which will run under the umbrella of the Fatah Alliance (Conquest Alliance). Hence, for the first time since the fall of Saddam Hussein’s regime, non-sectarian nationalism will play an important role in the balance of votes. Special report: Forecasting Iraq’s 2018 parliamentary elections - GRI Now with IS.......mostly gone.....it's back to the regular BS.