The dismissal of Iraq’s Minister of Finance, a senior Kurdish MP, shows how divided the country’s Kurds are. The first time in a long time, Kurds in Baghdad voted against a Kurd. And some say it’s all about revenge.
Volunteer militia groups are storing guns and bombs in the middle of Baghdad suburbs. After one caught fire recently, with disastrous consequences, locals are asking why. The answers are not reassuring.
In Mosul, the Islamic State is preparing for a siege, building walls, tunnels and trenches and boasting that, like the Prophet Mohammed in the 7th century, they will be able to withstand any attacks. Locals doubt it.
Political conflicts, war with extremists and millions of displaced: All these threaten to see Iraq’s next elections postponed, despite the fact that many say they will be the country’s most important in over a decade.
Locals are struggling to get rid of the explosive booby-traps the Islamic State left as they withdrew from Ramadi. For one group of daring locals, defusing the bombs has become a lucrative new job opportunity.
In Basra a series of cafes and venues have been bombed. Such a security breach is rare in this part of Iraq. The perpetrators? Religious extremists, who say women shouldn’t be employed in these places.