NIQASH’s Mosul correspondent left the city shortly after the extremist Islamic State group took over. But most of his family remained. After 34 months, he returned home. This is what he found.
The Iraqi government wants to renegotiate the document that forms the basis of US-Iraqi cooperation. If the agreement had been more strictly defined in the first place, some of Iraq's problems would be solved.
Iraq’s universities have a troubled relationship with politics. And as planned elections near, pressure on campuses is mounting, with some politicos calling for the creation of “student militias”.
Last week the leader of Iraqi Kurdistan’s oppositional Change movement passed away. In a place where charismatic politicians stand out, everyone is wondering what comes next.
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.
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