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Members of militias on the streets of Baghdad. Pic: Getty (photo: وكالة الأناضول )
Members of militias on the streets of Baghdad. Pic: Getty (photo: وكالة الأناضول )
Members of militias on the streets of Baghdad. Pic: Getty (photo: وكالة الأناضول )
The Next Rulers of Iraq?

With an Eye on Future, Controversial Militias Perfect Their Political Poses

Mustafa Habib
Once they were focused on fighting extremists. Now Iraq's controversial volunteer Shiite militias seem to be preparing the ground for their political debut.
30.07.2015
Demolition, Arson, Bloodshed:

Yazidi Militias Admit Deliberate Destruction of Arab Villages in Iraq

Khales Joumah
In Iraq's north, Arab villagers are accusing Yazidis of the deliberate destruction of their homes. The Yazidis, brutalised at the hands of the Islamic State, tell NIQASH it's true. But, they say, it's only justice.
30.07.2015
Interview with Senior PKK Official:

'If Turkey Truly Ends The Peace Process, They Will See How Strong We Are'

Honar Hama Rasheed
A senior representative of the Kurdistan Worker's Party in Iraq, explains why he believes the US is allowing Turkey to bomb his colleagues-in-arms and what will happen if it doesn't stop.
30.07.2015
Political Independence Doesn't Pay:

Basra's Beleaguered Governor Under Fire

Waheed Ghanim
Basra's governor got the job as an independent who promised to improve the province in many ways. He's fought corruption and tried to improve services. But now critics are calling for his resignation.
30.07.2015
Iraqi security forces stand on top of a building covered with a poster of Iranian leader, Ali Khamenei, during a demonstration on Quds day in Baghdad in early July. (photo: أحمد الربيعي) Iraqi security forces stand on top of a building covered with a poster of Iranian leader, Ali Khamenei, during a demonstration on Quds day in Baghdad in early July. (photo: أحمد الربيعي) Iraqi security forces stand on top of a building covered with a poster of Iranian leader, Ali Khamenei, during a demonstration on Quds day in Baghdad in early July. (photo: أحمد الربيعي)
'The USA Sold Us to Iran':

Iraqis Weigh In On Iran Nuclear Deal

Mustafa Habib
While the rest of the world debates the merits of the Iranian nuclear deal, Iraqis are arguing about it too: Did the US sell them out? Will Iran now be able to interfere in Iraq with impunity?
23.07.2015
Parliament in Baghdad in action, in previous years. (photo: متروغرافي )
Parliament in Baghdad in action, in previous years. (photo: متروغرافي )
Parliament in Baghdad in action, in previous years. (photo: متروغرافي )
Dying Dream of a Civil State:

Iraq's Liberal, Secular MPs Criticised for Self-Interested Performance

Ibrahim Saleh
Liberal Iraqis held out a lot of hope for the newly formed Civil Democratic Alliance. But now, they say, the MPs they elected are simply doing what all other Iraqi MPs do: feathering their own nests.
21.07.2015
Digging trenches for safety is not a new thing in Iraq: This trench was being dug last year in Dohuk for similar reasons. Digging trenches for safety is not a new thing in Iraq: This trench was being dug last year in Dohuk for similar reasons. Digging trenches for safety is not a new thing in Iraq: This trench was being dug last year in Dohuk for similar reasons.
A Trench, Closed Roads, Soldier Students:

Karbala Authorities Obsess About the Terrorists Next Door

Abbas Sarhan
Ever since the Islamic State took control of most of Anbar, authorities in Karbala have been concerned about security. Measures taken include digging a trench, closing roads and recruiting students on holiday to fight.
23.07.2015
It's All Lies:

How Propaganda Wars in Extremist-Controlled Mosul Are Being Fought

Khales Joumah
A lack of trustworthy information from inside Mosul has seen locals give up on Iraqi media and turn to satire. Meanwhile the Islamic State sets up outdoor cinemas to convince Mosul they're here to stay.
14.07.2015
Photo Essay:

Kirkuk, Portrait of A Flashpoint in 15 Pictures

Kirkuk has been, and will most likely continue to be, one of Iraq's most dangerous, most contested cities. But as this Metrography photo essay shows, life must just go on for locals.
21.07.2015
خێزانه‌ هه‌ڵاتووه‌كان رێگای‌ مه‌رگ ده‌ربڕن بۆ ده‌ربازبوون له‌و مه‌رگه‌ی‌ له‌ژێر ده‌سه‌ڵاتی‌ داعش چاوه‌ڕێیان ده‌كات (photo: Shalaw Mohammed) خێزانه‌ هه‌ڵاتووه‌كان رێگای‌ مه‌رگ ده‌ربڕن بۆ ده‌ربازبوون له‌و مه‌رگه‌ی‌ له‌ژێر ده‌سه‌ڵاتی‌ داعش چاوه‌ڕێیان ده‌كات (photo: Shalaw Mohammed) خێزانه‌ هه‌ڵاتووه‌كان رێگای‌ مه‌رگ ده‌ربڕن بۆ ده‌ربازبوون له‌و مه‌رگه‌ی‌ له‌ژێر ده‌سه‌ڵاتی‌ داعش چاوه‌ڕێیان ده‌كات (photo: Shalaw Mohammed)
On 'Death Road':

Civilians Flee Extremist Rule in Hawija, Dodging Checkpoints And Frontlines

Shalaw Mohammed
As extremists rule harshly and coalition airstrikes hit, there's a mass exodus of civilians out of Hawija. And one of the ways they are getting out is with people smugglers on the “death road”.
15.07.2015