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An Iraqi photographer works during the clashes between protestors and security forces in the Green Zone, Baghdad, last Friday.
An Iraqi photographer works during the clashes between protestors and security forces in the Green Zone, Baghdad, last Friday.
An Iraqi photographer works during the clashes between protestors and security forces in the Green Zone, Baghdad, last Friday.
Enemies Of The State:

Iraqi Journalists Targeted By Security Forces During Green Zone Protests

Mustafa Habib
Last Friday demonstrators broke into Baghdad’s Green Zone a second time. Security forces were waiting for them - and the media, say local journalists who believe they were deliberately targeted by the military.
24.05.2016
Common Enemies:

Baghdad Locals Fear Shiite-On-Shiite Violence As Alliance Fractures

Mustafa Habib
Protests and suicide bombings have caused tension within the Shiite Muslim alliance that’s been fighting extremists. As neighbourhoods are taken over by militias, locals fear intra-sectarian fighting.
19.05.2016
‘From This Basement To Heaven’:

A Would-Be Teenage Suicide Bomber in Mosul Tells His Story

Special Correspondent
During a series of casual conversations, a 15-year-old recruit to the extremist Islamic State group in Mosul tells NIQASH how he became convinced he should be a suicide bomber.
19.05.2016
Creative Resistance:

In Kurdish ‘Capital Of Culture’, The Art Must Go On

Hayman Hassan
Never mind the security crisis, extremists on the border or a severe lack of cash. Sulaymaniyah’s artists are organising more events and activities than ever, in the Iraqi Kurdish “capital of culture”.
19.05.2016
Ride fit for a king: Iraqi royalty - Faisal II - once rode this. Ride fit for a king: Iraqi royalty - Faisal II - once rode this. Ride fit for a king: Iraqi royalty - Faisal II - once rode this.
The Collector of Kut:

The Iraqi Hoarder Who Has Everything From Royal Heritage To Hitler’s Watch

Mohammed al-Zaidi
In Kut, there is an Iraqi pensioner who’s been collecting all kinds of rare items, for over five decades. He and his collections have met the British Queen and the Pope. Now he wants to open a museum.
19.05.2016
Halabja's new mayor, Nuxsha Naseh, alongside Halabja's last female mayor, Adela Khanem.
Halabja's new mayor, Nuxsha Naseh, alongside Halabja's last female mayor, Adela Khanem.
Halabja's new mayor, Nuxsha Naseh, alongside Halabja's last female mayor, Adela Khanem.
Pioneer Women:

Northern Iraqi Town Appoints Female Lawyer As Mayor

Salam Handani
Halabja appoints its first female mayor in over a century. But the 38-year-old knows it won't be an easy job.
19.05.2016
 (photo: Website of Iraqi Parliament)  (photo: Website of Iraqi Parliament)  (photo: Website of Iraqi Parliament)
The Danger Of Dictatorship:

How To Replace Iraq’s Flawed Political System?

Mustafa Habib
Iraq’s Parliament has failed its people. This was the message from protestors last week. But what could possibly replace the flawed system? Each potential solution comes with its own dangers.
12.05.2016
Sins Of the Father:

Extremist Fighters' Children Live In Stateless Limbo In Iraq

Ghazwan Hassan al-Jibouri
The up to 300 babies fathered by members of the Islamic State - known as “children of the terror” – are seen as a disgrace to their communities, have no citizenship and can't go to school.
12.05.2016
Radio Free Mosul:

Iraqi Army Battles Extremists For Bandwidth In Northern Iraq

Shalaw Mohammed
The extremist Islamic State group launched Radio Imam in Mosul late last year, broadcasting calls for holy war and spreading false news. Now the Iraqi army is fighting back with their own radio station.
11.05.2016
A scene from the festival held by the Manmi tribe in Sulaymaniyah recently. (photo: موقع القبيلة على الفيسبوك) A scene from the festival held by the Manmi tribe in Sulaymaniyah recently. (photo: موقع القبيلة على الفيسبوك) A scene from the festival held by the Manmi tribe in Sulaymaniyah recently. (photo: موقع القبيلة على الفيسبوك)
Team Players:

Tribal Power Making Comeback In Iraqi Kurdistan, Overriding Democracy + Law

Jwanro Mohammed
Tribal groups in Iraqi Kurdistan have always had influence, mostly hidden behind the trappings of democracy. But recently several large tribal festivals have raised fears that tribal power is being revived.
12.05.2016