Accusations, Insults, War Mongering:
The military situation is tense in Kirkuk. Insiders say a deal was done to move troops but online, a bloody civil war was already being waged - it still threatens to spill over into real life.
Time Not On Their Side:
In Baghdad, the Kurdish referendum has dominated all other official proceedings. Lack of progress on electoral laws means federal elections could be postponed - again.
Over His Dead Body:
Even in death, senior Kurdish statesman, Jalal Talabani, brought fighting factions together at his funeral. It remains to be seen whether peripheral meetings at the memorial will have any lasting effect.
A series of attacks in the Abu Ghraib district are giving rise to conspiracy theories that unknown militias want a return to a state of chaos, so they can take control.
A sprightly 120-year-old living in Halabja province can claim the title of oldest woman in Iraq. She may even be the oldest in the world – and her grandchildren believe she is even older.
If people in Iraqi Kurdistan are not talking about the referendum on independence then they are discussing the arrival of new political alliance with the potential to change the Kurdish political landscape.
Back From The Dead:
Former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein tried to exterminate the Kurds in Iraq. Now Iraqis angry about the Kurdish desire to secede are bringing back bad memories online.
Highway To Hell?
Locals in Anbar celebrated when an important Iraqi-Jordanian border crossing was recently reopened. But the drivers who use it say many areas are still too dangerous to pass through.
Truth, Dare, Promise:
Young Iraqis are fascinated with an online game that involves a “challenge”. It’s gone from a genuine political commentary to marketing ploy, and there’s no sign of challenge fever abating.
Save The Animals:
In Iraqi Kurdistan, hundreds of strays roam the streets. Despite cultural challenges a group of young Kurds is trying to help sick and wounded animals.
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