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A mural in Mosul painted by the IS group, as propaganda. The Arabic says: We will win and we know that all the coalition countries are our enemies. (photo: جيتي : مارتين ايم)
A mural in Mosul painted by the IS group, as propaganda. The Arabic says: We will win and we know that all the coalition countries are our enemies. (photo: جيتي : مارتين ايم)
A mural in Mosul painted by the IS group, as propaganda. The Arabic says: We will win and we know that all the coalition countries are our enemies. (photo: جيتي : مارتين ايم)
The Countdown:

In West Mosul, Extremists Promise ‘Divine Intervention’ Will Defeat Iraqi Army

Special Correspondent
In eastern Mosul, Iraqi pro-government forces are organizing themselves to begin to fight against the Islamic State. In western Mosul, civilians do their best to survive a siege and extremists step up their propaganda.
1.02.2017
Frenemies United:

Security Problems, Scrappy Militias Delay Fight Against Extremists In Western Mosul

Mustafa Habib
The biggest problem in eastern Mosul, post-extremists, is security. The Iraqi army needs to move on, to fight in western Mosul, but they cannot leave the eastern city to a variety of militias, fighting among themselves.
1.02.2017
Profits Of War:

Anbar Families Seeking Safety Sell Homes At Half Price, Fuelling Real Estate Boom

Kamal al-Ayash
If there is one winner in the province of Anbar right now, it may well be those dealing in real estate. Families who have returned want to leave again, and are selling property at half price to be able to do so.
31.01.2017
Iraq’s Immigration Minister:

'We Are Not Forcing The Displaced To Return To Their Homes’

Awara Hamid
In an interview, Iraq’s Minister of Displacement and Migration, Jassim Mohammed, provides the latest update on Iraq’s displaced and dispels popular myths about those forced to flee their homes.
2.02.2017
An Iraqi marriage in action. (photo: Marco Di Lauro) An Iraqi marriage in action. (photo: Marco Di Lauro) An Iraqi marriage in action. (photo: Marco Di Lauro)
He’s Not Good Enough For You:

In Northern Iraq, Tribal Traditions Build On Ancient Class System

Dashty Ali
Tribal traditions around marriage in northern Iraq prevent young people from marrying outside the social group; it’s both the root and the symptom of an ancient tribal class system.
1.02.2017
A conference held in Baghdad, in October 2016 about the transfer of powers to provincial authorities. Iraqi PM, Haider al-Abadi, sits at the head of the table. (photo: الحكومة العراقية )
A conference held in Baghdad, in October 2016 about the transfer of powers to provincial authorities. Iraqi PM, Haider al-Abadi, sits at the head of the table. (photo: الحكومة العراقية )
A conference held in Baghdad, in October 2016 about the transfer of powers to provincial authorities. Iraqi PM, Haider al-Abadi, sits at the head of the table. (photo: الحكومة العراقية )
Why Can’t Law 21 Save The Country?

Plan To Decentralize Iraqi Govt. Power Still Stuck In Limbo

Mustafa Habib
Iraq’s provinces want more power to look after their own finances and security. It’s a plan that may aid reconstruction and reconciliation. But it hasn’t happened and locals are asking why.
26.01.2017
Children in Fallujah returning to school in December 2016. The children associated with the IS group can do no such thing. (photo: صباح عرار : جيتي) Children in Fallujah returning to school in December 2016. The children associated with the IS group can do no such thing. (photo: صباح عرار : جيتي) Children in Fallujah returning to school in December 2016. The children associated with the IS group can do no such thing. (photo: صباح عرار : جيتي)
Social Lepers:

In Anbar, Husbands Who Chose Extremism, Doom Their Families

Kamal al-Ayash
The Anbar families allegedly connected to the Islamic State group are unable to return home. Their fate remains uncertain - although many women and children never even chose the extremist path their menfolk did.
25.01.2017
Missing, Presumed Dead:

In Northern Iraq, Soldiers Wonder What To Do With Enemy Extremist Corpses

Histyar Qader
Thanks to fighting in Mosul there are more corpses of extremist fighters in northern Iraq than ever. Most are unidentified and unclaimed and as yet, there is no real plan for how to deal with them.
26.01.2017
Underage Outrage:

Over 700 Teenage Weddings In Northern Iraqi Camp For Displaced Yazidis

Hayman Hassan
In one camp for the displaced, there were over 700 “early marriages” – weddings where the bride or groom is under 18. Although illegal in Iraq, the tradition is still alive and well.
26.01.2017
Baghdad’s Legal Gangs?

As Iraqi Police Lose Control Of Streets, Militias Take Over

Mustafa Habib
The volunteer militias formed to fight the Islamic State group are now policing Baghdad’s neighbourhoods. But as they do, they compete with the real police, ignore the real laws and often act more like a mafia.
19.01.2017