Next Stop, Tal Afar:
Intensive air raids, secret political talks and military forces gathering on the outskirts of the city: Everything points to the battle of Tal Afar – and the extremists’ last stand in Iraq – starting soon.
Smaller demonstrations that don’t go beyond Baghdad’s individual neighbourhoods are proving more successful than the protests with tens of thousands in the central city.
Patchwork Of Loyalties:
They have thousands of members and Anbar’s tribal militias are supposed to protect locals from the Islamic State group. But corruption, infighting and a patchwork of alliances stop them from being effective.
In Iraqi Kurdistan, poultry farmers are calling for tariffs on chicken products imported to the region. Otherwise, they say, the local industry won’t survive.
One Thing In Common:
In Iraq, larger political parties disagree on everything except maintaining the status quo: Parliament just passed a law that will badly affect the smaller parties competing in the next elections.
Friend Or Foe:
Seven members of Dhi Qar’s provincial council have defected to a brand new political party. But, local observers say, it’s just more of the same and the new party won’t make any real difference.
Exploited + Employed:
Displaced Arabs who fled to Iraqi Kurdistan were a boon for village-dwelling farmers. The farmers, who paid low wages to desperate displaced for three years, are now at a loss.
Symbol Of Unity:
In the small desert area of Busaya, Iraqis of different sects have lived together peacefully for decades. Locals pride themselves on their hospitality and unity.
Interview + KDP Spokesperson:
Iraqi Kurdistan’s KDP is a major promoter of a referendum on Kurdish independence. Mahmoud Mohammad, a senior KDP member, spoke to NIQASH about the various controversies around it.
Over the past few weeks, there has been a rash of attacks on medical professionals in Baghdad. It has caused protests, debate, bad memories and more than a few doctors to consider leaving the country.
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