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The lucky ones: Civilians in Mosul flee fighting in their city. (photo: Getty / Ahmad Gharabli)
The lucky ones: Civilians in Mosul flee fighting in their city. (photo: Getty / Ahmad Gharabli)
The lucky ones: Civilians in Mosul flee fighting in their city. (photo: Getty / Ahmad Gharabli)
Human Shields, Hidden Snipers, Burning Cars:

Mosul Locals Explain Extremists’ Desperate Tactics

Special Correspondent
Mosul locals, some of whom have escaped the extremists and some who are still under their control, describe the Islamic State group’s desperate tactics. They will fight to the death, trapped locals warn.
23.03.2017
Boots On the Ground:

Iraqi Soldiers Happy To See US Colleagues Back In Action

Mustafa Habib
Not everyone is pleased that the Americans are back, but interviews with Iraqi soldiers on the front line show just how happy some are to see the return of US boots on the ground.
21.03.2017
Gaming The Voters?

In Baghdad, Formerly Religious Politicians Hedge Bets, Start Secular Parties

Ibrahim Saleh
Iraqi politicians, who usually play on religious affiliations, are starting new organisations with a more secular message. But do they mean it, or are they just paying lip service to angry voters?
23.03.2017
An Illegal State:

Will Iraqi Kurdistan End Up Without A President, Or A Parliament?

Honar Hama Rasheed
In early September, the current session of Iraqi Kurdistan’s parliament ends. Several solutions are being suggested to solve the political deadlock before then. But none seem likely to work out.
23.03.2017
Graffiti promising tribal justice  on a Basra wall. Graffiti promising tribal justice  on a Basra wall. Graffiti promising tribal justice  on a Basra wall.
Tribal Justice Rules:

In Basra, ‘Terrorism By Tradition’ Causes Fear And Waste

Saleem al-Wazzan
Many Iraqis prefer tribal justice, meted out by community elders, to going to the authorities. But increasingly in Basra, a fear of tribal justice is just preventing teachers, doctors and retailers from doing their jobs.
22.03.2017
Fighters from Iraq's volunteer militias hold an IS flag upside down during the fight to re-take Baiji in 2015. Locals say the IS group is coming back into their area now. (photo: فرانس برس )
Fighters from Iraq's volunteer militias hold an IS flag upside down during the fight to re-take Baiji in 2015. Locals say the IS group is coming back into their area now. (photo: فرانس برس )
Fighters from Iraq's volunteer militias hold an IS flag upside down during the fight to re-take Baiji in 2015. Locals say the IS group is coming back into their area now. (photo: فرانس برس )
Ghosts Of The Islamic State:

While All Eyes On Mosul, Extremists Return To Other Iraqi Provinces

Mustafa Habib
While Iraq’s pro-government forces battle on in Mosul, extremists are heading back to other provinces. Locals say the number of attacks keep rising - and that something needs to be done before it is too late.
15.03.2017
Caught in the crossfire: Locals in Mosul run for cover, as Iraqi army forces clash with the extremist Islamic State group. (photo: توماس كوكس (جيتي)) Caught in the crossfire: Locals in Mosul run for cover, as Iraqi army forces clash with the extremist Islamic State group. (photo: توماس كوكس (جيتي)) Caught in the crossfire: Locals in Mosul run for cover, as Iraqi army forces clash with the extremist Islamic State group. (photo: توماس كوكس (جيتي))
Survivor Stories:

Tragic Tale Out Of One Basement In Mosul

Special Correspondent
Abu Maad’s family is no longer living in extremist-held territory. But the story of how they, like so many other civilians, found themselves trapped between fighting forces, is a tragic one. As told to NIQASH.
16.03.2017
Proxy War?

Complicated Allegiances In Sinjar Will Threaten Iraqi Kurdish Unity In Long Run

Histyar Qader
The recent confrontation between different Kurdish forces in the Sinjar area may only be the beginning of a conflict that could split Iraqi Kurdistan, local analysts warn.
14.03.2017
Shooting For Political Stardom:

Iraq’s Controversial Militias Fail To Agree On Unified Electoral Positions

Mustafa Habib
Iraq’s militias have political ambitions and everybody knows it. But recent attempts to form a united front for the next elections have failed; some fear the disagreements could lead to violence.
9.03.2017
Hashish, made from marijuana, is the most commonly used recreational drug in Iraqi Kurdistan. (photo: الموسوعة الحرة) Hashish, made from marijuana, is the most commonly used recreational drug in Iraqi Kurdistan. (photo: الموسوعة الحرة) Hashish, made from marijuana, is the most commonly used recreational drug in Iraqi Kurdistan. (photo: الموسوعة الحرة)
Getting High:

Number Of Drug-Related Offences Doubles In Northern Iraq

Dayari Khaled
Shipments of painkillers and a field of fresh marijuana are among the offences for which people were arrested in Iraqi Kurdistan last year. The border between Iraq and Iran is the problem, officials say.
9.03.2017