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No longer boss? Iraqi military on parade. Source: Govt website
Baghdad’s Legal Gangs?

As Iraqi Police Lose Control Of Streets, As Militias Take Over

Mustafa Habib
The volunteer militias formed to fight the Islamic State group are now policing Baghdad’s neighbourhoods. But as they do, they compete with the real police, ignore the real laws and often act more like a mafia.
19.01.2017
Three Stories From Inside:

Iraqis Who Escaped Mosul Tell Their Personal Tales

Special Correspondent
NIQASH’s Mosul correspondent spoke to friends and neighbours who have managed to get out of the besieged city.
19.01.2017
Invasion Of Privacy?

In Iraqi Kurdistan, A Security Camera On Every Corner

Maaz Farhan
In Iraqi Kurdistan businesses can’t get a license unless security cameras are installed. But locals say cameras are unregulated and an invasion of privacy, not to mention they don’t help catch assassins in action.
19.01.2017
Patience Lost:

Power Station Attack A Sign Iraqi Kurdish Protestors Are Ready To Use Violence?

Alaa Latif
Just after protests about power cuts, somebody fired rockets at a Chamchamal power station. Is this the first sign of violence, after months of protests against the local government?
19.01.2017
An army checkpoint in action in one of Baghdad's northern suburbs. (Source: Iraqi Ministry of Defence) (photo: وزارة الدفاع العراقية) An army checkpoint in action in one of Baghdad's northern suburbs. (Source: Iraqi Ministry of Defence) (photo: وزارة الدفاع العراقية) An army checkpoint in action in one of Baghdad's northern suburbs. (Source: Iraqi Ministry of Defence) (photo: وزارة الدفاع العراقية)
An Agile Opponent:

Extremists Change Tactics in Baghdad

Ibrahim Saleh
Recent extremist bomb attacks in Baghdad indicate both good and bad: That the IS group has adapted its methods and become more mobile. But also that fixed bases inside the city no longer seem viable for them.
19.01.2017
The road out of Ramadi, capital of Anbar, heading towards the Syrian border. (photo: Azhar Shallal)
The road out of Ramadi, capital of Anbar, heading towards the Syrian border. (photo: Azhar Shallal)
The road out of Ramadi, capital of Anbar, heading towards the Syrian border. (photo: Azhar Shallal)
Whose Frontier Is It Anyway?

International Interests Line Up To Take Control Of Iraq-Syria Border

Mustafa Habib
The border of Syria and Iraq looks likely to be the next testing ground for the newly conciliatory – yet unsteady – relationship between Iran and the US. Various powers are already jockeying for position on the frontier.
12.01.2017
Ongoing danger: The streets of Kirkuk in northern Iraq. (photo: شوان نوزاد ) Ongoing danger: The streets of Kirkuk in northern Iraq. (photo: شوان نوزاد ) Ongoing danger: The streets of Kirkuk in northern Iraq. (photo: شوان نوزاد )
Murder Town:

Two Years’ Of Assassinations Threaten Kirkuk's Shaky Coexistence

Shalaw Mohammed
A series of unsolved murders, including of high profile locals, has seen Kirkuk’s politicians trading accusations as to who is to blame. The deaths are impacting on the city’s various ethnic and sectarian groups.
11.01.2017
Zoned Out:

Iraqi Province Creates New Districts - But For Better Or Worse?

Kamal al-Ayash
The Anbar council has re-zoned its province. Locals are divided as to whether new districts will bring better services, or whether they hasten the destruction of the Iraqi nation.
12.01.2017
100 Days Later:

Iraqi Kurdish Teachers End Protests, But Hang On To Grievances

Jwanro Mohammed
The demonstrations led by Iraqi Kurdistan’s unpaid teachers have diminished. But the anger, frustration – and the lack of salaries – have not.
12.01.2017
Supporters of Muqtada al-Sadr (pictures on poster) on Iraqi streets. Supporters of Muqtada al-Sadr (pictures on poster) on Iraqi streets. Supporters of Muqtada al-Sadr (pictures on poster) on Iraqi streets.
Maliki Vs. Sadr:

Iraq’s Provincial Councils A New - And Dangerous - Political Battleground

Mustafa Habib
As Shiite Muslim political rivalry plays out on various Iraqi provincial councils, it’s becoming clear that the country’s next provincial elections will be among the most important ever – and the most perilous.
5.01.2017