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Pre-School Politics:

Iraqi Kurdish Child, 4, Becomes Unlikely Poster Girl for Opposition

Mokrayan Kawa
A kindergarten-aged girl is becoming an unlikely spokesperson for local political opposition in a region where speaking out against the status quo is not always so easy for adults.
3.09.2015
Viva La Devolution:

Iraqi Government Hands Powers To Dhi Qar Province in Official Ceremony

Ahmad Thamer Jihad
In a move no doubt meant to placate anti-government protestors around Iraq, Baghdad has started to transfer powers to provinces. But in Dhi Qar, locals ask if it will make any difference.
3.09.2015
Gold at End of Extremist Rainbow:

Islamic State Release Their Own 'Fake' Currency

Marwan Jabbar
The extremist group controlling Mosul have minted their own gold and silver coins and put out a video boasting about it. But, as locals point out, the new coins are not even pure gold.
3.09.2015
Photo Essay:

Iraqis With Different Religions, Co-Existing in Peace

In Kirkuk, where Iraqis have lived together in Kirkuk for decades, two families have come together in a crisis. Sunni and Christian, they live in neighbourly peace. Iraqi photo agency, Metrography, went to visit.
3.09.2015
Streets of Mosul, a city where thousands are missing, most likely murdered by extremists. Streets of Mosul, a city where thousands are missing, most likely murdered by extremists. Streets of Mosul, a city where thousands are missing, most likely murdered by extremists.
Missing, Believed Murdered:

Extremists in Mosul Release First Public 'Death List' of 2,070 Victims

Khales Joumah
The Islamic State group in Mosul has released lists of locals whose families thought they were missing, but who have been executed. The extremists are also carefully monitoring who wants the information.
27.08.2015
PKK chief Cemil Bayik in the Qandil mountains: 'We didn't start this fight with Turkey. But we will defend ourselves'.
PKK chief Cemil Bayik in the Qandil mountains: 'We didn't start this fight with Turkey. But we will defend ourselves'.
PKK chief Cemil Bayik in the Qandil mountains: 'We didn't start this fight with Turkey. But we will defend ourselves'.
Head of Kurdish Militia, Cemil Bayik:

'The PKK Will Agree to Stop Fighting Turkey If The US Mediates'

Hayman Hassan
PKK chief Cemil Bayik says he wants the US to broker a new ceasefire between his group and Turkey. But if Turkey keeps shooting, he warns that the Kurdistan Worker's Party will declare war on them.
27.08.2015
Essential ID: Cards created for the Iraqi Kurdish region. Essential ID: Cards created for the Iraqi Kurdish region. Essential ID: Cards created for the Iraqi Kurdish region.
Colour Coded Society:

Iraqis Use Security Badges to Jump Queues, Gain Favours – And Smuggle Explosives

Mustafa Habib
Carrying the right coloured badge in Iraq can win you respect, privilege and preferential treatment at checkpoints and government departments. But now forgers and criminals are taking advantage of this.
27.08.2015
Former Iraqi VP, Barham Salih:

'We Must Face Reality. Iraq Can No Longer Be Ruled In A Centralised Way'

Zhyar Mohammed
Senior Iraqi Kurdish politician Barham Salih doesn't pull his punches: The Iraqi army is over, as is the national Iraqi project. And extremists can only, truly be defeated by political reform - after military action.
26.08.2015
Summer Camp, With Guns And Bombs:

Iraqi Students Spend Holidays Training For Combat and Intelligence Work

Ibrahim Saleh
After a June call to arms from Iraq's religious authorities, thousands of Iraq's university students spent their summer break getting military training.
27.08.2015
Qais al-Khazali, leader of the Shiite group Asaib Ahl al-Haq (The League of the Righteous), looks on as he stands in the area of Albu Ajil, east of the northern city of Tikrit on March 7, 2015, during a military operation to retake the Tikrit area. Iraqi forces faced tough resistance from jihadist fighters around Tikrit, but the top US military officer said ahead of a Baghdad visit that victory was only a matter of time. AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE        (Photo credit should read AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images) (photo: AHMAD AL-RUBAYE) Qais al-Khazali, leader of the Shiite group Asaib Ahl al-Haq (The League of the Righteous), looks on as he stands in the area of Albu Ajil, east of the northern city of Tikrit on March 7, 2015, during a military operation to retake the Tikrit area. Iraqi forces faced tough resistance from jihadist fighters around Tikrit, but the top US military officer said ahead of a Baghdad visit that victory was only a matter of time. AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE        (Photo credit should read AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images) (photo: AHMAD AL-RUBAYE) Qais al-Khazali, leader of the Shiite group Asaib Ahl al-Haq (The League of the Righteous), looks on as he stands in the area of Albu Ajil, east of the northern city of Tikrit on March 7, 2015, during a military operation to retake the Tikrit area. Iraqi forces faced tough resistance from jihadist fighters around Tikrit, but the top US military officer said ahead of a Baghdad visit that victory was only a matter of time. AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE        (Photo credit should read AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images) (photo: AHMAD AL-RUBAYE)
Interview with Militia Leader, Qais al-Khazali:

'We Don't Deny Militias Have Committed Violations'

Mohammed al-Zaidi
NIQASH meets Qais al-Khazali, head of one of Iraq's most feared militias. The cleric and soldier answered critics, talking about what to do when his fighters commit crimes and whether militias are replacing the army.
19.08.2015