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International coalition forces help train Iraqi soldiers. (photo: وزارة الدفاع العراقية)
International coalition forces help train Iraqi soldiers. (photo: وزارة الدفاع العراقية)
International coalition forces help train Iraqi soldiers. (photo: وزارة الدفاع العراقية)
The Right Balance:

Iraq’s Sunnis Want US Troops To Stay. Iraq’s Shiites, Not So Much

Mustafa Habib
Iraq’s Sunni Muslims are anxiously watching the debate over the presence of US troops in Iraq. Civilians believe they are an important neutralising presence and military personnel want their help and their technology.
15.02.2018
Apathy, Distrust + Reconstruction:

Many Anbar Locals Have Given Up On Iraqi Politics, Won’t Vote

Kamal al-Ayash
Scarred by elections past, despondent about the state of their hometowns and distrustful of candidates, Anbar voters wonder why they should even bother with upcoming elections.
15.02.2018
Abadi or Maliki?

Iraqi Kurdish Politicians Won’t Place Bets Until After Elections

Histyar Qader
Who would be the best prime minister to advance Kurdish interests in Iraq? This is the question Iraq’s Kurdish politicians are asking themselves, as elections approach and backroom deals are being done.
15.02.2018
Party Politics:

In Run Up To Elections, Kirkuk More Divided Than Ever

Shalaw Mohammed
In the past Kirkuk’s different ethnic groups would unite to compete in elections. But after a tumultuous few months, things are very different this year.
15.02.2018
Mosul's dumper project in action. (photo: صالح الياس) Mosul's dumper project in action. (photo: صالح الياس) Mosul's dumper project in action. (photo: صالح الياس)
The Little Yellow Dumper That Could:

For $2 A Load, Volunteers Clear Rubble From Mosul's Streets

Saleh Elias
The campaign to raise money for Iraq’s reconstruction budget in Kuwait didn’t go that well. In Mosul, another campaign where locals donate just a couple of dollars each, is doing much better.
15.02.2018
Salman castle in Muthanna, once a notorious prison.
Salman castle in Muthanna, once a notorious prison.
Salman castle in Muthanna, once a notorious prison.
Sand And Starvation:

Visiting Iraq’s ‘City Of Prisons’ In The Southern Desert

Qassim al-Kaabi
During the 1980s, Saddam Hussein turned a former British colonial-era castle into one of the country’s most feared prisons. It, and several other jails, are still standing in the desert.
15.02.2018
Cleric Muqtada al-Sadr votes in the last Iraqi elections. Cleric Muqtada al-Sadr votes in the last Iraqi elections. Cleric Muqtada al-Sadr votes in the last Iraqi elections.
Change We Can Believe In?

Major Religious Group Allies With Iraq’s Communists, For Election Shake-Up

Mustafa Habib
A surprising electoral alliance between one of Iraq’s most controversial religious leaders, Muqtada al-Sadr, and local Communists has serious political and historical ramifications.
8.02.2018
Reality Versus The Rules

Kurdish Parties Bend Iraq's Electoral Rules On Politics With Guns

Maaz Farhan
In Iraq, there has been plenty of fuss about politicians with armed militias running for office. In Iraqi Kurdistan, the biggest political parties have had their own loyalist troops for years.
8.02.2018
Uncertain Inheritance:

One Of Iraqi Kurdistan's Biggest Parties Languishes Under Leadership Crisis

Honar Hama Rasheed
After the death of their founder, one of Iraqi Kurdistan’s biggest political parties is still dealing with a power vacuum. It is the gravest internal crisis the PUK has faced for decades.
8.02.2018
Karbala is home to some of Shiite Islam's holiest sites. Karbala is home to some of Shiite Islam's holiest sites. Karbala is home to some of Shiite Islam's holiest sites.
Civil / Secular:

Voters Against Mixing Religion + Politics In One Of Iraq’s Holiest Cities

Abbas Sarhan
Even in one of Iraq’s most religious cities, a backlash against religion in politics has started. Whether it has any impact on the elections is another question though.
8.02.2018