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Conflict with 'outsiders': Crowds in the Qandil mountains wave PKK flags during Kurdish New Year 2015. (photo: بيسران توفيق : ميتروغرافي)
Conflict with 'outsiders': Crowds in the Qandil mountains wave PKK flags during Kurdish New Year 2015. (photo: بيسران توفيق : ميتروغرافي)
Conflict with 'outsiders': Crowds in the Qandil mountains wave PKK flags during Kurdish New Year 2015. (photo: بيسران توفيق : ميتروغرافي)
Signs Of Violence To Come:

Iraq’s Yazidis Return Home To Face Cruel Economic Blockade

Special Correspondent
Many of the Yazidis who were so brutalised by the extremist Islamic State group have returned home – but now they are threatened by an economic siege caused by political infighting.
23.06.2016
Ganging Up:

Will New Political Union in Kurdistan Equal Political Peace - Or Civil War?

Histyar Qader
Recently two of Iraqi Kurdistan’s major political parties united. The other major party doesn’t like this – and analysts warn of civil war at worst and ongoing political problems at best.
23.06.2016
Anti-Arab Ownership:

Kurdish Agree Arabs Can Own Real Estate, Sparking Controversy

Maaz Farhan
Last week, the governor of Sulaymaniyah ruled that Arabs could own houses and land in the area. The new rule sparked controversy, protests and accusations of racism.
23.06.2016
Gone But Not Quite Forgotten:

Remembering The Jews of Dhi Qar In Architecture

The Iraqi Jews of Dhi Qar were once an important part of the province’s social fabric. Despite controversial claims on land they left behind, older locals still remember their neighbours fondly.
23.06.2016
Colouring the City:

The Young Iraqi Artists Replacing Rubbish With Beauty

Sara al-Qaher
Up to 150 volunteers are painting landscapes and other pictures on Baghdad's walls. Some say such efforts are useless in violent Iraq but others insist it’s a worthwhile exercise.
23.06.2016
Armoured vehicles on the outskirts of Ramadi in February, before the IS group was driven out of the city. Around 80 percent of the city has been destroyed in fighting. (photo: موضح الدليمي)
Armoured vehicles on the outskirts of Ramadi in February, before the IS group was driven out of the city. Around 80 percent of the city has been destroyed in fighting. (photo: موضح الدليمي)
Armoured vehicles on the outskirts of Ramadi in February, before the IS group was driven out of the city. Around 80 percent of the city has been destroyed in fighting. (photo: موضح الدليمي)
After Extremism:

Ramadi’s Multi-Billion Reconstruction Already Running Into Trouble

Kamal al-Ayash
As the clean up in Ramadi continues, locals and officials are applying for reconstruction aid. But there are problems already, with calls of foul and favouritism and a lack of billions in funding.
16.06.2016
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Bad Drivers +Distant Leaders:

Newsletters Found In Anbar Indicate How Extremist Group Organises Itself

Newsletters sent to Islamic State fighters in Anbar indicate the group’s problems with bad drivers and corruption. It also shows a decentralized command structure that ensures the group’s ongoing survival.
16.06.2016
Shaving For Peace

The Kurdish Barber Bringing Different Religions Together, Under A Knife

Alaa Latif
During Ramadan one non-Muslim barber in Iraqi Kurdistan is offering free shaves for all comers. He’s doing good business but, say many of his customers, he’s also providing a model of peaceful coexistence for all Iraq.
16.06.2016
Healing Powers:

Visiting The 200-Year-Old Iraqi Market For Alternative Medicine

Mohammed al-Zaidi
Abu Al Hawa market in Kut has been selling alternative remedies for around two centuries now. But as one historian points out, the place is about more than just self-medication.
16.06.2016
Pro-government forces fire a rocket near Sejar village, in Anbar province, as fight for Fallujah continues. (photo: احمد الربيعي) Pro-government forces fire a rocket near Sejar village, in Anbar province, as fight for Fallujah continues. (photo: احمد الربيعي) Pro-government forces fire a rocket near Sejar village, in Anbar province, as fight for Fallujah continues. (photo: احمد الربيعي)
Suicide Bombers + Secret Tunnels:

Extremists’ Tactics On Fallujah’s Frontlines

Mustafa Habib
The battle for Fallujah will be long and hard. The Islamic State has prepared for a siege, is relying on foreign fighters and is spreading lies to persuade locals to fight. NIQASH spoke to those on the front line.
7.06.2016