Newsletters sent to Islamic State fighters in Anbar indicate the group’s problems with bad drivers and corruption. It also shows a decentralized command structure that ensures the group’s ongoing survival.
During Ramadan one non-Muslim barber in Iraqi Kurdistan is offering free shaves for all comers. He’s doing good business but, say many of his customers, he’s also providing a model of peaceful coexistence for all Iraq.
The battle for Fallujah will be long and hard. The Islamic State has prepared for a siege, is relying on foreign fighters and is spreading lies to persuade locals to fight. NIQASH spoke to those on the front line.