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An Iraqi fighter from the Shiite militia, the League of the Righteous, stands guard outside the militia's headquarters in Basra. (photo: HAIDAR MOHAMMED ALI)
An Iraqi fighter from the Shiite militia, the League of the Righteous, stands guard outside the militia's headquarters in Basra. (photo: HAIDAR MOHAMMED ALI)
An Iraqi fighter from the Shiite militia, the League of the Righteous, stands guard outside the militia's headquarters in Basra. (photo: HAIDAR MOHAMMED ALI)
Tough Choices:

Everyone Agrees, Shiite Militias Must Be Invited to Fight in Ramadi

Mustafa Habib
The fall of Ramadi has forced the Iraqi and US governments to make tough choices. The Iraqi army couldn't cope and air strikes didn’t help. The only option now? Shiite militia boots on Sunni ground.
21.05.2015
Borders Not Drawn In Blood:

Iraqi Kurdish Say They're Willing to Negotiate Disputed Territories

Honar Hama Rasheed
Iraq's security crisis gave the Kurdish region an opportunity: to take control of land outside their region by force. Now Kurdish politicians say they didn't mean it, they're willing to talk to Baghdad about it.
21.05.2015
Rewarding Journalists For Bias?

Iraqi Media Protest Over MPs' Unfair Prize Giving

Mustafa Sadoun
Iraqi MPs gave the political press corps awards for the first time recently. But almost immediately other journalists protested, saying, as elsewhere in Iraq, the awards were based on sectarian or ethnic quotas.
21.05.2015
Whose Side Are They On?

Shiite Militias Campaign Against Their Own PM

Mustafa Habib
Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi has been doing a fine balancing act. But new conflicts inside the Shiite political alliance and between Shiite militias on the battlefront, are causing concern that he may topple.
14.05.2015
Mean - But Clean - Streets:

Extremists Fix Roads, Make Mosul A Nicer Place

Khales Joumah
Since the Islamic State group took over Mosul, they've been trying to win local hearts and minds. Will fixing potholes, emptying bins and preventing parking violations do the trick?
14.05.2015
Refugees in Iraq
Refugees in Iraq
Refugees in Iraq
'We Don't Trust Anyone':

Iraq’s Displaced Minorities Not Ready To Return Home

Abdul-Khaleq Dosky
Even though the extremist group Islamic State has lost ground in Iraq, displaced minority groups are not returning home. They fear ongoing prejudice and retaliation.
14.05.2015
BAGHDAD, IRAQ - MAY 01: Many people loyal to Iraqi Shi'a cleric Muqtada al-Sadr hold a military parade against the US in Sadr City, Baghdad, on May 1, 2015. Photo: Haydar Hadi/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images) (photo: Anadolu Agency) BAGHDAD, IRAQ - MAY 01: Many people loyal to Iraqi Shi'a cleric Muqtada al-Sadr hold a military parade against the US in Sadr City, Baghdad, on May 1, 2015. Photo: Haydar Hadi/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images) (photo: Anadolu Agency) BAGHDAD, IRAQ - MAY 01: Many people loyal to Iraqi Shi'a cleric Muqtada al-Sadr hold a military parade against the US in Sadr City, Baghdad, on May 1, 2015. Photo: Haydar Hadi/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images) (photo: Anadolu Agency)
Not Minding Their Own Business:

US Draft Law Causes First Major Political Upset In Baghdad's New Govt

Mustafa Habib
A recent piece of proposed legislation sponsored by US Republicans has caused some of the biggest political splits in recent Iraqi history – both inside local politics and between Iraq and its American allies.
12.05.2015
Interview With Osman Ocalan:

'Thanks To Extremists, PKK Has Had Two Golden Years'

Hayman Hassan
Osman Ocalan, brother of Abdullah, the leader of the Kurdistan Worker’s Party, talks about whether the PKK is still seen as a terrorist organisation and when his brother might be released from Turkish prison.
12.05.2015
Flirting With The Law:

Baghdad's Policewomen Experiment On The Roads

Mustafa Sadoun
In Baghdad, an experiment that sees women police officers directing traffic for the first time in years has become a target – mainly for flirtatious taxi drivers who want to take pictures.
12.05.2015
Kurdish readers are running out of money to spend on newspapers. Kurdish readers are running out of money to spend on newspapers. Kurdish readers are running out of money to spend on newspapers.
Blank Pages:

Financial Crisis Kills Off Iraqi Kurdish Media, Endangers Fourth Estate

Alaa Latif
Before the current crisis, some omedia in Iraqi Kurdistan had been thriving. Now, as circulation and revenues drop, they're struggling - and endangering any gains made by independent media over the past decade.
30.04.2015