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نيقاش: ‎‫پوخته‌یه‌ك له‌ناوخۆو سه‌رانسه‌ی‌ عێراقه‌وه‌‬
Would-be refugees walking toward what they hope is a brighter future. (photo: ارمند نيماني)
Would-be refugees walking toward what they hope is a brighter future. (photo: ارمند نيماني)
Would-be refugees walking toward what they hope is a brighter future. (photo: ارمند نيماني)
Hero Or Profiteer?

The Iraqi Kurdish People Smuggler Who's Become A Celebrity

Alaa Latif
Some locals say they trust the Iraqi Kurdish people smuggler known as Riza Kewi more than their own government. Kewi says it's because he's honest. But not all his clients agree.
28.01.2016
Iraq's Person of the Year?

Results Are In, Senior Iraqi Cleric Was Most Influential Iraqi in 2015

Iman Asaad
A NIQASH poll on social media asked Iraqis to choose the person they thought was most influential in the country in 2015. Three weeks later, the results are in.
28.01.2016
Post-Islamic State Problems:

Diyala Province Undergoing Violent Ethnic and Sectarian Cleansing

Aida al-Khatib
Locals in Diyala province say the area is undergoing ethnic and sectarian “cleansing”. Sunnis are not being allowed back into the multi-ethnic province, post the Islamic State.
28.01.2016
Where Are The Petrodollars?

Kirkuk Oil Flowing Fast, But Locals Never See Any Money

Shalaw Mohammed
The province of Kirkuk exports millions of barrels of oil per month. But nobody knows where the money is going - and as a result, local protesters say they will try to stop oil exports soon.
28.01.2016
Female fighters from the PKK. (photo: الموقع الرسمي لوحدات حماية الشعب) Female fighters from the PKK. (photo: الموقع الرسمي لوحدات حماية الشعب) Female fighters from the PKK. (photo: الموقع الرسمي لوحدات حماية الشعب)
Ulterior Motives?

Turkish Troops in Iraq To Fight Turkish Rebels, Not Extremists

Histyar Qader
Turkish troops remain on Iraqi soil and Kurdish revolutionary group, the PKK, believe they are not there to fight the Islamic State. They’re there to fight the PKK.
21.01.2016
A doctor at work in northern Iraq. (photo: Wikicommons)
A doctor at work in northern Iraq. (photo: Wikicommons)
A doctor at work in northern Iraq. (photo: Wikicommons)
Good Health?

Medical Treatment in Mosul Reserved For Extremists And Their Families

Special Correspondent
Healthcare in Mosul is getting worse. Doctors and nurses are prisoners, pharmacies are empty, costs are rising and extremist patients take priority for treatment.
20.01.2016
Social Media to Increase The Peace:

New Facebook Group De-Bunking The Rumours That Incite Hatred And Fear in Iraq

Mustafa Habib
An extremist ‘hero’ with a mortar in his shoulder. A secret plot bringing the Iraqi Kurdish and the Islamic State together. Iraqi social media can prove it all. Or can it?
21.01.2016
Hash, Pills And Speed:

Drug Smuggling In Iraq Supported By Maysan’s Tribes

Haider al-Husseini
Smuggling drugs through Iraq on the way to the Gulf and Europe is big business in Maysan province - and it is often the local tribes in the border areas facilitating the enterprise.
20.01.2016
No Vacancies:

7 Million Iraqi Govt Employees Fear For Their Jobs

Locals employed by the government fear the financial crisis may see them lose their jobs. Nobody seems to be able to tell them if their fears are justified – but most experts agree there's a long, hard road ahead.
14.01.2016
رعد جبار الخميس ممثل الطائفة المندائية في مجلس محافظة بغداد رعد جبار الخميس ممثل الطائفة المندائية في مجلس محافظة بغداد رعد جبار الخميس ممثل الطائفة المندائية في مجلس محافظة بغداد
Baghdad's Mandaean Representative:

For Iraqi Minorities, 'Immigration No Longer A Choice, It's Inevitable'

Saad Salloum
In an interview, Raad Jabar al-Khamis, a representative of the Sabean-Mandaean minority, talks about why all minorities in Iraq will leave the country over the next decade.
14.01.2016