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Streets of Mosul, a city where thousands are missing, most likely murdered by extremists.
Streets of Mosul, a city where thousands are missing, most likely murdered by extremists.
Streets of Mosul, a city where thousands are missing, most likely murdered by extremists.
Missing, Believed Murdered:

Extremists in Mosul Release First Public 'Death List' of 2,070 Victims

Khales Joumah
The Islamic State group in Mosul has released lists of locals whose families thought they were missing, but who have been executed. The extremists are also carefully monitoring who wants the information.
27.08.2015
Head of Kurdish Militia, Cemil Bayik:

'The PKK Will Agree to Stop Fighting Turkey If The US Mediates'

Hayman Hassan
PKK chief Cemil Bayik says he wants the US to broker a new ceasefire between his group and Turkey. But if Turkey keeps shooting, he warns that the Kurdistan Worker's Party will declare war on them.
27.08.2015
Colour Coded Society:

Iraqis Use Security Badges to Jump Queues, Gain Favours – And Smuggle Explosives

Mustafa Habib
Carrying the right coloured badge in Iraq can win you respect, privilege and preferential treatment at checkpoints and government departments. But now forgers and criminals are taking advantage of this.
27.08.2015
Former Iraqi VP, Barham Salih:

'We Must Face Reality. Iraq Can No Longer Be Ruled In A Centralised Way'

Zhyar Mohammed
Senior Iraqi Kurdish politician Barham Salih doesn't pull his punches: The Iraqi army is over, as is the national Iraqi project. And extremists can only, truly be defeated by political reform - after military action.
26.08.2015
More than books over the summer holidays: Students at graduation in Baghdad. (photo: Getty) More than books over the summer holidays: Students at graduation in Baghdad. (photo: Getty) More than books over the summer holidays: Students at graduation in Baghdad. (photo: Getty)
Summer Camp, With Guns And Bombs:

Iraqi Students Spend Holidays Training For Combat and Intelligence Work

Ibrahim Saleh
After a June call to arms from Iraq's religious authorities, thousands of Iraq's university students spent their summer break getting military training.
27.08.2015
Qais al-Khazali, leader of the Shiite group Asaib Ahl al-Haq (The League of the Righteous), looks on as he stands in the area of Albu Ajil, east of the northern city of Tikrit on March 7, 2015, during a military operation to retake the Tikrit area. Iraqi forces faced tough resistance from jihadist fighters around Tikrit, but the top US military officer said ahead of a Baghdad visit that victory was only a matter of time. AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE        (Photo credit should read AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images) (photo: AHMAD AL-RUBAYE)
Qais al-Khazali, leader of the Shiite group Asaib Ahl al-Haq (The League of the Righteous), looks on as he stands in the area of Albu Ajil, east of the northern city of Tikrit on March 7, 2015, during a military operation to retake the Tikrit area. Iraqi forces faced tough resistance from jihadist fighters around Tikrit, but the top US military officer said ahead of a Baghdad visit that victory was only a matter of time. AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE        (Photo credit should read AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images) (photo: AHMAD AL-RUBAYE)
Most often seen in uniform these days: Qais al-Khazali, leader of the League of the Righteous militia. (photo: الموقع الرسمي للعصائب)
Interview with Militia Leader, Qais al-Khazali:

'We Don't Deny Militias Have Committed Violations'

Mohammed al-Zaidi
NIQASH meets Qais al-Khazali, head of one of Iraq's most feared militias. The cleric and soldier answered critics, talking about what to do when his fighters commit crimes and whether militias are replacing the army.
19.08.2015
Barzani fans hold up pictures of Barzani. Barzani fans hold up pictures of Barzani. Barzani fans hold up pictures of Barzani.
With A Little Help From Your Friends:

US, Iran and Turkey All Getting Involved in Kurdish Presidency Problem

Honar Hama Rasheed
As the issue of Iraqi Kurdistan's vacant presidency heats up, delegations from the US, Turkey and Iran have all visited to have their say. But what do they really want?
20.08.2015
Making It Up As They Go Along:

The Long, Troubled History of Iraqi Kurdistan's Presidency

Histyar Qader
Iraqi Kurdistan's problems with their President are actually nothing new. In fact, being a President here has often had no democratic or legal foundation. There's a long history behind the current debate.
20.08.2015
Criminals In Uniform:

Baghdad's Dodgy, Booming Business in Military Clothing

Mustafa Sadoun
Thanks to the security crisis, military uniforms can easily be bought in Baghdad. Often they're a fashionable costume. But now, locals complain, criminal gangs are buying them and wearing them to kidnap and rob.
20.08.2015
Protests in Baghdad's Tahrir Square. Protests in Baghdad's Tahrir Square. Protests in Baghdad's Tahrir Square.
After The Protests:

Is Iraq's Democratic Process is More Secure Than Ever?

Ibrahim Saleh
A strange pairing of activists, threatening violence, and Iraq's highest religious authorities, preaching peace, have finally made the country's political class listen.
20.08.2015