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.
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
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.
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.
It is slowly becoming clear that the extremist Islamic State group is returning to its roots, setting off bombs to kill innocents in crowded places, to cause chaos. Then it plans to take advantage of the unrest.
This week, Iraq Kurdistan’s anti-terrorism law expires. Thanks to a suspended Parliament, there’s no one to renew it. So if any extremists are caught in the act they may be prosecuted using softer legislation.
Several years ago, Iraq’s so-called “emos” – young men who dressed differently – were attacked openly for looking strange in a conservative culture. Now that their attackers are otherwise occupied, emos are back.