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An Iraqi Kurdish soldier in the Hamrin mountains. (photo: اراس محمد)
An Iraqi Kurdish soldier in the Hamrin mountains. (photo: اراس محمد)
An Iraqi Kurdish soldier in the Hamrin mountains. (photo: اراس محمد)
New Terror Campaign

Extremists Intimidate, Harass, Dislocate Locals In Salahaddin, Then Take Over

Ghazwan Hassan al-Jibouri
The extremist Islamic State group has new tactics in Salahaddin. It is trying to clear areas it can use for bases with a campaign of intimidation.
Forced Together

Marathon Of Iraqi Govt. Negotiations Bring Sworn Enemies Together

Mustafa Habib
Iraq’s politicians are not getting anywhere, as they negotiate to form the next government. It is apparently so frustrating that many have even started talking to their sworn political enemies again.
Whose Guns?

Trying To Solve The Mystery Of Iraqi Kurdistan’s Exploding Weapon Depots

Awara Hamid
Recently, Iraqi Kurdish media reported on explosions in six weapons storage facilities. Most of the odd incidents happened within just one week - raising suspicions, despite official explanations.
Who’s The Boss?

Iraqi Politicians Fear Interim Government Will Be Too Powerful

Mustafa Habib
While parties are negotiating to form a new government and recounting votes, worried ex-parliamentarians are asking who will hold an interim administration to account.
 (photo: Wikimedia Commons / Sarchia Khursheed)  (photo: Wikimedia Commons / Sarchia Khursheed)  (photo: Wikimedia Commons / Sarchia Khursheed)
Something In The Water

The Secret History Behind The Stalled Project To Solve Iraq’s Water Problems

Histyar Qader and Awara Hamid
Despite ever-increasing water supply problems, the construction of one of the biggest dams in Iraq remains on hold. One of the main reasons for the delay seems to be political paranoia.
Campaigning is an expensive business.
Campaigning is an expensive business.
Campaigning is an expensive business.
Turning Off Their Phones:

After Elections, Anbar’s Would-Be MPs Still Owe Millions

Kamal al-Ayash
Candidates in the recent elections spent millions of dinars on their campaigns in Anbar. Or at least, they promised to. Many small businesses, including copy shops and butchers, are still waiting to be paid.
Dangerously Apathetic:

Anbar Voters Care Less About Election After The Vote, Than They Did Before

Kamal al-Ayash
In other provinces, voters are debating election fraud and the next government. In Anbar, they care less about the election and more about the football World Cup.
Caught In The Crossfire?

In Kirkuk, Civilian Deaths Raise Local Ire And Endanger Iraqi Troops

Shalaw Mohammed
A number of apparently accidental civilian deaths in Kirkuk are causing antipathy toward the Iraqi troops that currently control the city. But local politicians can’t seem to agree on what to do about it.
Mall Life:

Women In Conservative Basra Seek – And Find – More Freedoms

Ahmad Waheed
An influx of investors, immigration, better security and more shopping malls is emboldening females in the southern city of Basra.
 (photo: حمه سور )  (photo: حمه سور )  (photo: حمه سور )
Reading Between The Lines:

In Iraqi Kurdistan, Politicians’ Holiday Greetings Indicate Depth Of Division

Maaz Farhan
The Eid holiday should be a time for rivals to wish one another peace and harmony. This year in Iraqi Kurdistan has been different though and the rancorous Eid messages show just how angry everyone is.