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مقاتل من داعش في القائم   (photo: اعلام داعش  )
مقاتل من داعش في القائم   (photo: اعلام داعش  )
A banner proclaims the existence of the Islamic State. It was placed on the Iraqi-Syrian border near Al Qaem by the IS group. (photo: موقع داعش)
Baghdadi's New Home:

The Iraqi City Of Al Qaem May Be The New Extremist Capital

Mustafa Habib
As the Islamic State group lose control of Iraqi territory, many, including their leader, appear to be heading to Al Qaem, near the Syrian border. Could this be Iraq’s new extremist capital?
28.07.2016
A Third Front:

Iraqi Kurdistan’s Islamic Parties Plan More Power, More Unity

Maaz Farhan
In the past Iraqi Kurdistan’s Islamic parties have had to ally with bigger parties to make any kind of impact. Now they want to unite, form a neutral front and have more of a say.
28.07.2016
Attack On Baghdad:

A Plague Of Cockroaches Causes Chaos In Iraqi Capital

Last week Baghdad faced a new threat: A plague of cockroaches, brought out by higher summer temperatures. All sorts of strange stories about the insect invaders emerged.
28.07.2016
Wild, Wild Web:

Young Iraqi Men Seek Sex Online, Find Blackmailers

Mohammed al-Zaidi
In a conservative society, young men often go online to find sex partners. In Kut, some of those enthusiastic teenagers have ended up with blackmailers rather than a good time.
28.07.2016
The happy couple, Duaa Hido and Yusuf Hassan, in the camp after their wedding. (photo: دشتي علي ) The happy couple, Duaa Hido and Yusuf Hassan, in the camp after their wedding. (photo: دشتي علي ) The happy couple, Duaa Hido and Yusuf Hassan, in the camp after their wedding. (photo: دشتي علي )
A Time Of Mourning:

Iraq’s Yazidis Still Celebrate Weddings, But Quietly

Special Correspondent
NIQASH attends a wedding among displaced Yazidis. Once the couple would have celebrated for seven days. But since the Islamic State group came along, things have changed.
28.07.2016
فن السكراب
فن السكراب
فن السكراب
Garbage Men:

The Iraqi Artists Proving That One Man’s Scrap Is Another Man’s Artwork

Sara al-Qaher
A handful of young Iraqis have taken up the art of turning rubbish and scrap into sculpture. They claim that they are creating jobs, protecting the environment and entertaining others.
28.07.2016
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
A placard outside Maelbeek metro station in Brussels after terrorist attacks there in March 2016. The IS group claimed responsibility for the attacks. (photo: H. Murdock/VOA/ Wikimedia Commons) A placard outside Maelbeek metro station in Brussels after terrorist attacks there in March 2016. The IS group claimed responsibility for the attacks. (photo: H. Murdock/VOA/ Wikimedia Commons) A placard outside Maelbeek metro station in Brussels after terrorist attacks there in March 2016. The IS group claimed responsibility for the attacks. (photo: H. Murdock/VOA/ Wikimedia Commons)
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