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Life returns to Anbar slowly: Children in Fallujah returning to school in December 2016. Source: Getty (photo: صباح عرار : جيتي)
Life returns to Anbar slowly: Children in Fallujah returning to school in December 2016. Source: Getty (photo: صباح عرار : جيتي)
Life returns to Anbar slowly: Children in Fallujah returning to school in December 2016. Source: Getty (photo: صباح عرار : جيتي)
Rich Iraqis Only:

In Anbar, Loans For Reconstruction - But Nobody May Apply

Kamal al-Ayash
A state bank is offering Anbar residents whose homes were damaged in fighting against the Islamic State interest-free loans for reconstruction. Only problem is hardly anyone is eligible to apply.
18.05.2017
Going Against God:

Iraq’s Religious Militias Push Back Against A Communist Revival

Mustafa Habib
Last week’s kidnapping of seven activists in Baghdad could be another sign of increasing tensions between secular parties in Iraq and the country’s ruling religious groups. Is history repeating?
17.05.2017
A Turkmen Dream:

‘We Have Been Working On Making Kirkuk A Separate Region’

Shalaw Mohammed
The spokesperson for Turkmen political parties in Kirkuk tells NIQASH that his people don’t want to be part of Kurdistan, that they do want a semi-independent region and they hope Turkey will help them with that.
18.05.2017
Planning For The End:

Iraq’s Final Fight Against Extremists Will Be In The Deserts Of Anbar

Mustafa Habib
While fighting against the Islamic State group drags on in Mosul, tribal and military forces in Anbar are preparing for what will likely be the final battle against the extremists. But this fight will take many months.
10.05.2017
Scene of a crime committed with stun greandes in Basra. Scene of a crime committed with stun greandes in Basra. Scene of a crime committed with stun greandes in Basra.
The Sound Of Fear:

A Plague Of Stun Grenades Cause Panic in Basra

Saleem al-Wazzan
Different groups are using stun grenades to frighten locals in Basra. Sometimes for religious reasons, other times because of political or criminal grudges.
11.05.2017
Leaders of Iraqi Kurdistan's Islamic parties are working together more closely now.
Leaders of Iraqi Kurdistan's Islamic parties are working together more closely now.
Leaders of Iraqi Kurdistan's Islamic parties are working together more closely now.
Anti-Islamic?

Secular Parties In Iraqi Kurdistan Can’t Get It Together To Confront Islamists

Histyar Qader
Iraqi Kurdistan’s left wing and secular parties are worried that their ideological rivals, the Islamic parties, are coming closer together. Yet somehow the Kurdish left cannot seem to unite.
11.05.2017
In some parts of the Middle East, exotic cats are a status symbol. Iraqis are getting in on the act too. In some parts of the Middle East, exotic cats are a status symbol. Iraqis are getting in on the act too. In some parts of the Middle East, exotic cats are a status symbol. Iraqis are getting in on the act too.
Kings Of The Concrete Jungle:

Baghdad’s Trendiest New Pet

Sara al-Qaher
Owning an exotic cat is a status symbol in the United Arab Emirates. Now that trend is finding fans in Iraq too – but many locals are worried about the predators in their midst.
11.05.2017
After ISIS:

Iraq’s Sunni Politicians Deeply Divided By Competing Visions For Future

Mustafa Habib
Iraq’s Sunni Muslims desperately need their politicians to present a united front and act in their interests. But the politicians cannot agree on a vision for the post-Islamic State future.
4.05.2017
Don't Shoot:

The Tribal Leader Who’s Campaigning Against Guns For Fun

Ibrahim Saleh
It’s almost a joke in Iraq. Locals will fire their guns into the sky on any occasion: weddings, funerals, football games. But people and property are often hurt – now one local tribal leader wants to put a stop to it.
4.05.2017
Sellers at the women's market in Halabja. (photo: Salam Hanadni) Sellers at the women's market in Halabja. (photo: Salam Hanadni) Sellers at the women's market in Halabja. (photo: Salam Hanadni)
Girls Only:

Market For Female Entrepreneurs Launched In Halabja

Salam Handani
In the northern Iraqi city of Halabja a unique new weekly market showcases handmade goods produced by the province’s women. It’s doing so well, it may become a permanent fixture.
4.05.2017