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Iraqi security forces celebrate after recapturing Ramadi from extremists. Local tribes have since joined the security efforts, but are causing concern as numbers grow. (photo: احمد الربيعي )
Iraqi security forces celebrate after recapturing Ramadi from extremists. Local tribes have since joined the security efforts, but are causing concern as numbers grow. (photo: احمد الربيعي )
Iraqi security forces celebrate after recapturing Ramadi from extremists. Local tribes have since joined the security efforts, but are causing concern as numbers grow. (photo: احمد الربيعي )
Tribal Volunteers:

Anbar’s New Anti-Extremist Militias Get Bigger, Cause New Problems

Kamal al-Ayash
In Anbar, tens of thousands of local volunteers are now protecting the province. But amid increasing militarization, there is no central command - and many hidden agendas.
30.11.2016
Friend Or Foe:

Iraqi Kurdish Vote To Keep Arab Enemies Close?

Histyar Qader
Last week Iraqi Kurdish MPs voted for making Iraq’s Shiite Muslim volunteer militias into an official body. The move has driven a wedge between them and their Sunni Muslim allies.
1.12.2016
Next Stop, Hollywood:

The Young Iraqi Woman Making Monsters Real

Sara al-Qaher
Inspired by US television, an Iraqi law student is making the blood and gore of special effects make-up popular in a country, where people have seen too much of the real thing.
1.12.2016
Essential Reading:

Despite Financial Crisis, Sulaymaniyah Still Celebrates Culture, Books

Honar Hama Rasheed
This week a literature and culture festival takes place in Iraqi Kurdistan. Despite the financial crisis, the Andisheh Cultural Centre insists on the importance of literature and will keep on publishing.
1.12.2016
Caught in the crossfire: Locals in Mosul run for cover, as Iraqi army forces clash with the extremist Islamic State group. (photo: Thomas Coex / Getty) Caught in the crossfire: Locals in Mosul run for cover, as Iraqi army forces clash with the extremist Islamic State group. (photo: Thomas Coex / Getty) Caught in the crossfire: Locals in Mosul run for cover, as Iraqi army forces clash with the extremist Islamic State group. (photo: Thomas Coex / Getty)
Raining Bombs:

Fight For Mosul Takes High Toll On Trapped Civilians

Special Correspondent
Inside their homes, a lack of food and water; outside, bombs, snipers and crossfire. Yet many Mosul locals are choosing to stay in the city, even though it’s a war zone.
24.11.2016
 (photo: Counter-terrorism corps website)
 (photo: Counter-terrorism corps website)
One of the commanders of Iraq's counter-terrorism troops, General Abdul-Wahab al-Saadi, with officers on the outskirts of Mosul last week. (photo: Counter-terrorism corps website)
Urban Warfare:

In Mosul, Where Every Street Corner Is The Front Line

Mustafa Habib
In Mosul, Iraq’s elite counter-terrorism forces are fighting from street corner to street corner. They’ve been ordered to take extreme care of civilian lives but in the process, are losing many more of their own men.
23.11.2016
Smelling The Dead:

Iraqis Return To Fallujah To Find ‘A Corpse In Every Corner’

Kamal al-Ayash
Many of the displaced returning to Fallujah expected damage to their homes. What they didn’t expect was the need to work out how to get rid of the dead bodies under their ruins.
23.11.2016
Young Victims:

Kirkuk Security Forces Believe More Children Victims Of Violence

Shalaw Mohammed
Reports from Kirkuk suggest that more children are losing their lives or being injured at a greater rate, as fighting against the Islamic State intensifies.
23.11.2016
Dancing Demonstrators:

Meanwhile In Iraqi Kurdistan, Protests Against Leaders Grow

Alaa Latif
While fighting goes on elsewhere, the political crisis in Iraqi Kurdistan is worsening, with the gap between the region’s people and their politicians widening with every protest.
24.11.2016
A vast desert to hide in: The view from Rutba out into the Anbar desert. (photo: Wikimedia Commons / Paul Greenberg) A vast desert to hide in: The view from Rutba out into the Anbar desert. (photo: Wikimedia Commons / Paul Greenberg) A vast desert to hide in: The view from Rutba out into the Anbar desert. (photo: Wikimedia Commons / Paul Greenberg)
Making A Killing:

Anbar Desert Provides Extremists With Hiding Place - And Business Opportunities

Kamal al-Ayash
The desert in Anbar remains a lawless realm. Islamic State extremists are behind a booming import business on the Iraq-Syria border that is involving locals and funding fighting.
17.11.2016