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Maliki (photo: Al-Maliki website)
Maliki (photo: Al-Maliki website)
Ex-Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki flanked by Abu Mahdi al-Mohandes of Hezbollah in Iraq (L) and Hadi al-Ameri of the Badr organization. (photo: Al-Maliki website)
Don’t Call It A Comeback:

Iraq’s Controversial Ex-PM Plays Divide-And-Conquer In Baghdad

Mustafa Habib
It is becoming evident that former PM, Nouri al-Maliki, is behind a new group of reformers in Iraq’s Parliament, responsible for recent ministerial dismissals. Is he preparing for a comeback?
28.09.2016
A Vote For Revenge:

Dismissal Of Iraqi Finance Minister Shows How Deeply Kurdish MPs Divided

Histyar Qader
The dismissal of Iraq’s Minister of Finance, a senior Kurdish MP, shows how divided the country’s Kurds are. The first time in a long time, Kurds in Baghdad voted against a Kurd. And some say it’s all about revenge.
29.09.2016
Secret Gun Stores:

Why Iraq’s Militias Are Keeping Bombs + Guns In Residential Neighbourhoods

Ibrahim Saleh
Volunteer militia groups are storing guns and bombs in the middle of Baghdad suburbs. After one caught fire recently, with disastrous consequences, locals are asking why. The answers are not reassuring.
29.09.2016
Preparing For Battle:

In Mosul, Extremists Build Walls, Tunnels, Trenches

Special Correspondent
In Mosul, the Islamic State is preparing for a siege, building walls, tunnels and trenches and boasting that, like the Prophet Mohammed in the 7th century, they will be able to withstand any attacks. Locals doubt it.
26.09.2016
Sanan Faeq Mohammed and his oversized prayer beads. (photo: Salam Hanadni) Sanan Faeq Mohammed and his oversized prayer beads. (photo: Salam Hanadni) Sanan Faeq Mohammed and his oversized prayer beads. (photo: Salam Hanadni)
Breaking Records + Hearts:

Halabja Local Tells Tragic History With Over-18-Meter-Long Prayer Beads

Salam Handani
An upholsterer in Halabja has made a unique set of prayer beads as a memorial to the 5,000 locals who died in chemical weapons attacks there in 1988.
29.09.2016
 (photo: Ahmad M. Hailan)
 (photo: Ahmad M. Hailan)
Communications equipment near oil company sites in Dhi Qar. (photo: Abbas Shamkhi)
Provincial Borders:

Tensions Rise As Southern Iraqi Tribes Fight For Oil Jobs And Land

Ali Nasseri
As oil exploration and conservation projects create jobs in the south, Iraqi tribes are disputing the borders in Basra, Dhi Qar and Muthana. Whoever can claim the land, can claim the jobs there.
27.09.2016
انتخابات البرلمان الكردي 2013 (photo: سفين احمد ) انتخابات البرلمان الكردي 2013 (photo: سفين احمد ) انتخابات البرلمان الكردي 2013 (photo: سفين احمد )
The Waiting Game:

Iraq’s Many Problems Threaten Postponement Of 2017 Elections

Mustafa Habib
Political conflicts, war with extremists and millions of displaced: All these threaten to see Iraq’s next elections postponed, despite the fact that many say they will be the country’s most important in over a decade.
22.09.2016
An Explosive Career:

The Iraqis Making Freelance Bomb Disposal Into A Lucrative New Business

Kamal al-Ayash
Locals are struggling to get rid of the explosive booby-traps the Islamic State left as they withdrew from Ramadi. For one group of daring locals, defusing the bombs has become a lucrative new job opportunity.
21.09.2016
House Of The Devil?

Religious Extremists Bomb Cafes In Basra Because They Employ Women

Ammar al-Saleh
In Basra a series of cafes and venues have been bombed. Such a security breach is rare in this part of Iraq. The perpetrators? Religious extremists, who say women shouldn’t be employed in these places.
21.09.2016
Peaceful from above, but the Iraqi-Kurdish city of Sulaymaniyah is well known for controversy. Peaceful from above, but the Iraqi-Kurdish city of Sulaymaniyah is well known for controversy. Peaceful from above, but the Iraqi-Kurdish city of Sulaymaniyah is well known for controversy.
The Price Of Revolution:

Is Iraq’s Most Rebellious City On Verge Of Economic Collapse?

Honar Hama Rasheed
The people of the northern Iraqi city of Sulaymaniyah are proud of their culture and the way they can debate politics so openly. But always being in opposition comes with a high price.
21.09.2016