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Politicians may soon be swapping seats in Baghdad's Parliamentary chambers. (photo: Parliamentary website)
Politicians may soon be swapping seats in Baghdad's Parliamentary chambers. (photo: Parliamentary website)
Politicians may soon be swapping seats in Baghdad's Parliamentary chambers. (photo: Parliamentary website)
Who’s The Boss?

Iraq’s Next Elections Will Change Power Balance, Could Put Militias In Charge

Mustafa Habib
The Islamic State group has caused a realignment of Iraq’s political map. Next year’s provincial elections will signal who will rule the land after the security crisis has passed - and it may not be to everyone's liking.
21.07.2016
Threats + Promises:

Does Fighting On Iraqi Border Signal New Iranian Kurdish Rebellion?

Honar Hama Rasheed
Fighting on the Iraq-Iran border has seen deaths and controversial statements, including a threat to invade Iraq. It may also mark a new era of unity for emboldened Iranian Kurdish, anti-government groups
21.07.2016
Deal With The Devil:

Kurdish Meeting With Former PM An Omen Of New Power Grab In Baghdad?

Histyar Qader
The controversial former Prime Minister of Iraq was in Kurdistan a lot this month, to “bless” a new political union there. But many say he’s actually just trying to gather support for a new bid for power in Baghdad.
21.07.2016
From Baghdad To Brussels:

The Iraqi Bully Who Joined A Belgian Terrorist Cell

Special Correspondent
The story of one criminal, neighbourhood bully, who joined the extremist Islamic State, then emigrated to Europe. His family and friends suspect he’s gone to become part of a terrorist sleeper cell in Belgium.
20.07.2016
Graves and glory: A cartoon of Ali the gravedigger from Najaf. (photo: موقع العمية على انستغرام) Graves and glory: A cartoon of Ali the gravedigger from Najaf. (photo: موقع العمية على انستغرام) Graves and glory: A cartoon of Ali the gravedigger from Najaf. (photo: موقع العمية على انستغرام)
Stiff Competition:

Meet Ali Of Najaf, Iraq’s Most Famous Undertaker

Manar al-Zubaidi
Najaf man, Ali al-Amiyah, has thousands of fans, three Facebook pages, an online video channel, an office and a staff to manage enquiries. But he’s no pop star. He’s a grave digger in southern Iraq.
20.07.2016
Mourners at the site of the bombing in Karrada, Baghdad, which claimed the lives of almost 300 locals, most of whom were shopping or preparing for the holidays. (photo: احمد الربيعي (جيتي))
Mourners at the site of the bombing in Karrada, Baghdad, which claimed the lives of almost 300 locals, most of whom were shopping or preparing for the holidays. (photo: احمد الربيعي (جيتي))
Mourners at the site of the bombing in Karrada, Baghdad, which claimed the lives of almost 300 locals, most of whom were shopping or preparing for the holidays. (photo: احمد الربيعي (جيتي))
Goodbye IS, Hello Al Qaeda:

Extremist Group Has Deliberate Plan To Inflame Sectarian Fighting In Iraq

Mustafa Habib
It is slowly becoming clear that the extremist Islamic State group is returning to its roots, setting off bombs to kill innocents in crowded places, to cause chaos. Then it plans to take advantage of the unrest.
12.07.2016
Can they still be prosecuted? Scenes from Islamic State group video about fighters in Tikrit. Can they still be prosecuted? Scenes from Islamic State group video about fighters in Tikrit. Can they still be prosecuted? Scenes from Islamic State group video about fighters in Tikrit.
Getting Away With It?

Iraqi Kurdistan’s Terrorism Law Expires, Leaving Extremists In Legal Limbo

Histyar Qader
This week, Iraq Kurdistan’s anti-terrorism law expires. Thanks to a suspended Parliament, there’s no one to renew it. So if any extremists are caught in the act they may be prosecuted using softer legislation.
13.07.2016
Emo Revival:

In Iraq, Teenagers Who Dress Differently Have Much To Fear

Ahmad Thamer Jihad
Several years ago, Iraq’s so-called “emos” – young men who dressed differently – were attacked openly for looking strange in a conservative culture. Now that their attackers are otherwise occupied, emos are back.
13.07.2016
The Yazidi Smugglers:

Dohuk Locals Launch Rescue Operations To Free Extremists’ Kidnap Victims

Abdul-Khaleq Dosky
A handful of Iraqis in Dohuk have created networks of helpers both inside and outside Islamic State territory. These networks have become adept at rescuing the Yazidis kidnapped by the extremists.
13.07.2016
Senior politicians, including Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi (third from right), in Parliament. (Source: Parliamentary website) (photo: الموقع الرسمي للبرلمان العراقي) Senior politicians, including Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi (third from right), in Parliament. (Source: Parliamentary website) (photo: الموقع الرسمي للبرلمان العراقي) Senior politicians, including Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi (third from right), in Parliament. (Source: Parliamentary website) (photo: الموقع الرسمي للبرلمان العراقي)
Too Many Contradictions:

Why Iraq’s New Political Parties Law Can Never Work

Ayman Fares
Iraq’s law on how local parties are funded and founded has the potential to change the political landscape for better. But various parts of the new act seem to contradict one another.
7.07.2016