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A gathering of clerics in Anbar. (photo: موقع المجمع الفقهي العراقي على الفيسبوك)
Down With The Elites:

Anbar’s Social Status System Changed Irreparably By Extremism

Kamal al-Ayash
Anbar locals no longer trust the clerics and tribal leaders who encouraged them to protest the Iraqi government in 2013. Locals suspect them of preparing the ground for extremists.
22.02.2018
Visa Free:

As Saudis Prepare To Open Basra Consulate, Iran Opens Border To Iraqis

Saleem al-Wazzan
Iraqis can now visit a special visa-free zone in neighbouring Iran, over the border from Basra. Some locals see the open border as a cynical economic and political move that helps Iran, but not Iraq.
22.02.2018
Cry Me A River:

Iraq’s Lack Of Water Is A Foreign Policy Problem, Ministers Say

Mustafa Habib
Once it was the extremists who held Iraq’s water to ransom. Now it is tribes in Iraq’s southern provinces using water supplies as a deadly weapon.
22.02.2018
On The Front Line

In The Syrian City Of Afrin, Some Locals Still Cheer Turkish Air Strikes

Awara Hamid
NIQASH’s correspondent travelled to the Syrian city of Afrin, controlled by Syrian Kurds und under siege by Turkey. Here he details a dangerous five-day journey.
20.02.2018
Relatives mourn as they transport bodies out of west Mosul. (photo: Aris Messinis / AFP / Getty) Relatives mourn as they transport bodies out of west Mosul. (photo: Aris Messinis / AFP / Getty) Relatives mourn as they transport bodies out of west Mosul. (photo: Aris Messinis / AFP / Getty)
What Becomes Of the Broken-Hearted:

Visiting Um Al-Tisaa, An Emergency Graveyard In Mosul

Special Correspondent
During the fiercest fighting in Mosul, locals were forced to bury their dead wherever they could. One of those places is what has become known as the Um al-Tisaa cemetery.
22.02.2018
Ammar al-Hakim addresses politicians in Baghdad.
Ammar al-Hakim addresses politicians in Baghdad.
Ammar al-Hakim addresses politicians in Baghdad.
Establishing A Foothold:

Iraqi Political Party Hopes To Capitalize On Kurdish Political Angst

Kosar Othman
Opening another office in Iraqi Kurdistan is a good decision for the newly formed National Wisdom party. Even though they are Arab and may only get a few votes there, it makes for great optics, no matter what.
22.02.2018
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
Kurdish locals proving they voted. (photo: يادكار جلال) Kurdish locals proving they voted. (photo: يادكار جلال) Kurdish locals proving they voted. (photo: يادكار جلال)
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