When President W. Bush ordered the invasion of Iraq the big rift between branches of Islam were widely known. As the war dragged on, the U.S. strategy was to keep the religious faction apart. This was different than Sadam's system of tamping down their disagreements which resulted in some intermarriage and good neighbors.
Now a new twist is unfolding, young people who refuse to express belief in religion of any kind. One aspect of this new development is funding for an escape route out of Iraq for atheists. From the outside these natives of Iraq write and encourage atheism in their country.