Diyala Province in Iraq is a major base for al-Qaeda, with few residents unaffected by the terrorist group.
Fouad Hady joins a special unit of the Iraqi Police as they hunt for the terrorists, under constant fear of attack.
But how can police hope to tackle a lawless group that seems to have woven its way into every part of life in Diyala?
Inside the homes, businesses and farms of ordinary Iraqis, Fouad finds a trail of misery left behind by killings, rapes and violent attacks.
Reaching places where journalists rarely go, Fouad offers another insight into the hardship of life in Iraq.
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REPLAY - Look again at Dateline's past stories from Iraq, including Fouad's report on the tragic consequences of bomb attacks on Baghdad's residents.
On air: 14th August 2012