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A memorial in Tikrit to local men killed in Al Alam for disobeying the IS group. (photo: Scott Peterson)
A memorial in Tikrit to local men killed in Al Alam for disobeying the IS group. (photo: Scott Peterson)
A memorial in Tikrit to local men killed in Al Alam for disobeying the IS group. (photo: Scott Peterson)
Holding Onto Hope:

In Tikrit, Families Look To Mosul To Find Their Missing

Ghazwan Hassan al-Jibouri
While they controlled parts of Salahaddin, extremists arrested hundreds of local men. The prisoners have hardly been heard from since. Now their families hope they may be found alive in Mosul.
8.12.2016
Power Play:

Iraq’s New Militias Law Could Make Sunni Tribes More Powerful

Ibrahim Saleh
Although many Sunni politicians tried to block the passage of a November law that legitimized Iraq’s Shiite volunteer militias, some did not. They want the 30,000 or so Sunni volunteer fighters to get their share too.
8.12.2016
What Next?

No Plan For Jobs, Law And Order Or Local Politics In Post-Extremist Iraq

Mustafa Habib
As unemployment and poverty rises, Iraq's local authorities bicker and law and order deteriorates, it’s becoming obvious the government doesn’t have a plan for the next phase.
8.12.2016
Water Wars:

Iranian Dam Threatens Iraqi Kurdistan’s Legendary Sirwan River

Salam Handani
When neighbouring Iran tested their new dam recently, levels on an important Iraqi Kurdish river dropped four meters. Locals fear when the dam is completed, the water will dry up altogether.
8.12.2016
Iraqi security forces celebrate after recapturing Ramadi from extremists. Local tribes have since joined the security efforts, but are causing concern as numbers grow. (photo: احمد الربيعي ) Iraqi security forces celebrate after recapturing Ramadi from extremists. Local tribes have since joined the security efforts, but are causing concern as numbers grow. (photo: احمد الربيعي ) Iraqi security forces celebrate after recapturing Ramadi from extremists. Local tribes have since joined the security efforts, but are causing concern as numbers grow. (photo: احمد الربيعي )
Tribal Volunteers:

Anbar’s New Anti-Extremist Militias Get Bigger, Cause New Problems

Kamal al-Ayash
In Anbar, tens of thousands of local volunteers are now protecting the province. But amid increasing militarization, there is no central command - and many hidden agendas.
30.11.2016
احد عناصر البيشمركة في داقوق في ايلول 2014 (photo: باندان عطا : ميتروغرافي)
احد عناصر البيشمركة في داقوق في ايلول 2014 (photo: باندان عطا : ميتروغرافي)
New laws: Members of a Christian militia group, the Ninawa Plain Forces.
Friend Or Foe:

Iraqi Kurdish Vote To Keep Arab Enemies Close?

Histyar Qader
Last week Iraqi Kurdish MPs voted for making Iraq’s Shiite Muslim volunteer militias into an official body. The move has driven a wedge between them and their Sunni Muslim allies.
1.12.2016
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Next Stop, Hollywood:

The Young Iraqi Woman Making Monsters Real

Sara al-Qaher
Inspired by US television, an Iraqi law student is making the blood and gore of special effects make-up popular in a country, where people have seen too much of the real thing.
1.12.2016
Essential Reading:

Despite Financial Crisis, Sulaymaniyah Still Celebrates Culture, Books

Honar Hama Rasheed
This week a literature and culture festival takes place in Iraqi Kurdistan. Despite the financial crisis, the Andisheh Cultural Centre insists on the importance of literature and will keep on publishing.
1.12.2016
Raining Bombs:

Fight For Mosul Takes High Toll On Trapped Civilians

Special Correspondent
Inside their homes, a lack of food and water; outside, bombs, snipers and crossfire. Yet many Mosul locals are choosing to stay in the city, even though it’s a war zone.
24.11.2016
 (photo: Counter-terrorism corps website)  (photo: Counter-terrorism corps website)  (photo: Counter-terrorism corps website)
Urban Warfare:

In Mosul, Where Every Street Corner Is The Front Line

Mustafa Habib
In Mosul, Iraq’s elite counter-terrorism forces are fighting from street corner to street corner. They’ve been ordered to take extreme care of civilian lives but in the process, are losing many more of their own men.
23.11.2016