Rich Iraqis Only:
A state bank is offering Anbar residents whose homes were damaged in fighting against the Islamic State interest-free loans for reconstruction. Only problem is hardly anyone is eligible to apply.
Going Against God:
Last week’s kidnapping of seven activists in Baghdad could be another sign of increasing tensions between secular parties in Iraq and the country’s ruling religious groups. Is history repeating?
A Turkmen Dream:
The spokesperson for Turkmen political parties in Kirkuk tells NIQASH that his people don’t want to be part of Kurdistan, that they do want a semi-independent region and they hope Turkey will help them with that.
Planning For The End:
While fighting against the Islamic State group drags on in Mosul, tribal and military forces in Anbar are preparing for what will likely be the final battle against the extremists. But this fight will take many months.
The Sound Of Fear:
Different groups are using stun grenades to frighten locals in Basra. Sometimes for religious reasons, other times because of political or criminal grudges.
Iraqi Kurdistan’s left wing and secular parties are worried that their ideological rivals, the Islamic parties, are coming closer together. Yet somehow the Kurdish left cannot seem to unite.
Kings Of The Concrete Jungle:
Owning an exotic cat is a status symbol in the United Arab Emirates. Now that trend is finding fans in Iraq too – but many locals are worried about the predators in their midst.
Iraq’s Sunni Muslims desperately need their politicians to present a united front and act in their interests. But the politicians cannot agree on a vision for the post-Islamic State future.
It’s almost a joke in Iraq. Locals will fire their guns into the sky on any occasion: weddings, funerals, football games. But people and property are often hurt – now one local tribal leader wants to put a stop to it.
In the northern Iraqi city of Halabja a unique new weekly market showcases handmade goods produced by the province’s women. It’s doing so well, it may become a permanent fixture.
©2017 Footer rights notice