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Baghdad’s Border Badlands:
Why The Iraqi Capital Can Never Truly Be Secure
The outskirts of Baghdad are very dangerous these days. Islamic State fighters hide here, mounting attacks on the city. A security barrier is planned but the real issue is intractable.
Last Window On The World:
Extremists In Mosul Ban Satellite TV, Hunt Down Internet Users
The Islamic State has issued orders banning satellite TV because it spreads false news. They’re also demanding all Internet users’ names to find spies sending information for airstrikes.
Fighting For The Truth:
Did Poisonous Social Media Play A Part In Over 60 Deaths In Northern Iraq?
Mustafa Habib and Shalaw Mohammed
Fighting broke out between Iraqi Kurdish and Shiite militias in Iraq last weekend. Although there was a ceasefire, commanders say that reports on social media incited further violence.
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My Brother, My Enemy:
Despite Cross-Border Medical Aid, Iraqi And Syrian Kurdish Won’t See Eye To Eye
After Syrian-Kurdish clashes in Qamishlo last week, Iraqi Kurdistan offered medical aid. But such assistance has not yet improved the relationship between the Kurdish in these areas.
Missing, Believed Disappeared:
Baghdad Locals Still Fear Being Kidnapped By Militias or Police
Baghdad locals still fear kidnappings, whether by militias or security forces who can hold terrorism suspects incognito. Families have no way of finding out where their sons are.
Chaos in Baghdad:
The Good, The Bad, The Ugly Reasons Why Real Political Reform Is Impossible In Iraq
Political chaos in Baghdad saw MPs crossing the floor, upsetting the quota system. But anything positive about this development was offset by MPs’ motivations, which were partisan, sectarian and self interested.
Number 1 For Suicide:
More Iraqis Killing Themselves Because Of Bad Security, Hopelessness
Ahmad Thamer Jihad
The number of young Iraqis killing themselves is rising. Local researchers say it’s due to the security crisis, unemployment and a general loss of hope that things will ever get better.
No Longer Best Friends:
Is The US Ignoring Iraqi Kurdistan Because Their Democracy Is Broken?
Honar Hama Rasheed
Iraq’s Kurdish have come to think of their US allies as good friends. However when the US Secretary of State visited Iraq recently, he only went to Baghdad. This caused all sorts of concern up north.
Gunning For A Profit:
Extremists In Mosul Get Into The Small Arms Business
In the northern city of Mosul, the extremist Islamic State group has started opening its own gun shops and granting arms dealers trading licenses.
The Financial Dictatorship In Iraqi Kurdistan
For almost three years Iraqi Kurdistan has not passed a regional budget. There have been complaints. But somehow nobody seems able to do anything about the uncontrolled spending or lack of oversight.
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