Trojan Horse Or Treasure?
One of Iraq’s most powerful political groupings, the Sadrist movement, is trying to form a new alliance that may unite secular, Sunni and Kurdish parties. It would be a first for Iraq. But it could also be a trap.
The Colour Of Peace:
A group of art students and their teacher is traveling around Fallujah, erasing slogans on schools and in public places, put there by the extremist Islamic State group.
Storming Social Media:
Protests, sit-ins and other campaigns have not done much to solve Iraqi Kurdistan’s political problems. Critics of local government believe Facebook is one of their only chances to voice criticism and effect change.
Creating the Shiite Crescent:
The Iraqi government’s next big problem is coming into view: The group of powerful Shiite Muslim militias loyal to Iran seem to want to keep the country enmeshed in regional turmoil.
Deportees + Outcasts:
Outside Tikrit, Iraqi families who had a connection, however distant, to the Islamic State group, are living in "an open-air prison camp". Some of the extremists’ victims live right next door.
A lifetime spent gathering local antiquities has left one Diwaniya man with a 20,000-strong collection and a museum-worthy exhibition at home.
Ramadan in Mosul is different this year: Rather than hiding the fact they are not fasting during the religious month, locals are eating in public and restaurants are open. It is all thanks to the Islamic State group.
Sick of waiting for promised aid, locals in Anbar are doing their best to reconstruct their own lives - and even starting their own neighbourhood watch against extremists.
Death On Wheels:
The start of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan saw death and destruction come to Baghdad in the form of car bombs. But how do those cars get into a city so full of soldiers, checkpoints and bomb detectors?
Not Our Problem:
Does the northern town of Jalawla belong to Iraq or is it part of Iraqi Kurdistan? Until the question can be answered, long-suffering locals are not getting any help with rebuilding or municipal services.
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