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Locals survey the damage done by the airtstrike. (Pictures via social media, head of Mosul council, Basma Basim)
Locals survey the damage done by the airtstrike. (Pictures via social media, head of Mosul council, Basma Basim)
Locals survey the damage done by the airtstrike. (Pictures via social media, head of Mosul council, Basma Basim)
Laying The Blame:

In Iraq, Analysts Weigh In On Accidental Airstrike That Killed Hundreds In Mosul

Mustafa Habib
There is plenty of speculation about how hundreds of non-combatants were killed in Mosul, all apparently by accident. US and Iraqi forces have admitted partial culpability. But there are other causative factors at work.
29.03.2017
Ladies First:

Southern Iraqi City's First Café To Welcome Female Customers

Ahmad Thamer Jihad
In Iraq, coffee shops are mostly for men. But one young woman in Nasiriyah recently opened the first café that local women can go to with their families.
29.03.2017
Human Shields, Hidden Snipers, Burning Cars:

Mosul Locals Explain Extremists’ Desperate Tactics

Special Correspondent
Mosul locals, some of whom have escaped the extremists and some who are still under their control, describe the Islamic State group’s desperate tactics. They will fight to the death, trapped locals warn.
23.03.2017
Boots On the Ground:

Iraqi Soldiers Happy To See US Colleagues Back In Action

Mustafa Habib
Not everyone is pleased that the Americans are back, but interviews with Iraqi soldiers on the front line show just how happy some are to see the return of US boots on the ground.
21.03.2017
The Speaker of the Iraqi Parliament, Salim al-Jibouri (centre), at work in Baghdad. (photo: موقع البرلمان العراقي) The Speaker of the Iraqi Parliament, Salim al-Jibouri (centre), at work in Baghdad. (photo: موقع البرلمان العراقي) The Speaker of the Iraqi Parliament, Salim al-Jibouri (centre), at work in Baghdad. (photo: موقع البرلمان العراقي)
Gaming The Voters?

In Baghdad, Formerly Religious Politicians Hedge Bets, Start Secular Parties

Ibrahim Saleh
Iraqi politicians, who usually play on religious affiliations, are starting new organisations with a more secular message. But do they mean it, or are they just paying lip service to angry voters?
23.03.2017
The eighth cabinet of Iraqi Kurdistan was sworn  in, in 2014. Things have gone downhill from there. Source: Parliamentary website. (photo: موقع حكومة اقليم كردستان)
The eighth cabinet of Iraqi Kurdistan was sworn  in, in 2014. Things have gone downhill from there. Source: Parliamentary website. (photo: موقع حكومة اقليم كردستان)
The eighth cabinet of Iraqi Kurdistan was sworn  in, in 2014. Things have gone downhill from there. Source: Parliamentary website. (photo: موقع حكومة اقليم كردستان)
An Illegal State:

Will Iraqi Kurdistan End Up Without A President, Or A Parliament?

Honar Hama Rasheed
In early September, the current session of Iraqi Kurdistan’s parliament ends. Several solutions are being suggested to solve the political deadlock before then. But none seem likely to work out.
23.03.2017
Graffiti promising tribal justice  on a Basra wall. Graffiti promising tribal justice  on a Basra wall. Graffiti promising tribal justice  on a Basra wall.
Tribal Justice Rules:

In Basra, ‘Terrorism By Tradition’ Causes Fear And Waste

Saleem al-Wazzan
Many Iraqis prefer tribal justice, meted out by community elders, to going to the authorities. But increasingly in Basra, a fear of tribal justice is just preventing teachers, doctors and retailers from doing their jobs.
22.03.2017
Ghosts Of The Islamic State:

While All Eyes On Mosul, Extremists Return To Other Iraqi Provinces

Mustafa Habib
While Iraq’s pro-government forces battle on in Mosul, extremists are heading back to other provinces. Locals say the number of attacks keep rising - and that something needs to be done before it is too late.
15.03.2017
Survivor Stories:

Tragic Tale Out Of One Basement In Mosul

Special Correspondent
Abu Maad’s family is no longer living in extremist-held territory. But the story of how they, like so many other civilians, found themselves trapped between fighting forces, is a tragic one. As told to NIQASH.
16.03.2017
A member of the YBS, or Sinjar Resistance Units, carries his flag. (photo: الموسوعة الحرة) A member of the YBS, or Sinjar Resistance Units, carries his flag. (photo: الموسوعة الحرة) A member of the YBS, or Sinjar Resistance Units, carries his flag. (photo: الموسوعة الحرة)
Proxy War?

Complicated Allegiances In Sinjar Will Threaten Iraqi Kurdish Unity In Long Run

Histyar Qader
The recent confrontation between different Kurdish forces in the Sinjar area may only be the beginning of a conflict that could split Iraqi Kurdistan, local analysts warn.
14.03.2017