Baghdad and Iraqi Kurdistan have agreed where Kurdish military should fight. But, as commanders worry, there’s been no agreement as to how long Kurdish soldiers will stay after the Islamic State leave.
Until recently Somar Street in the southern Iraqi city of Nasiriyah was just a place for off-duty taxis to park. Now it hosts a thriving book market that organisers hope will become an oasis for local culture.
In Ramadi, tribes are marking houses belonging to suspected Islamic State collaborators with special graffiti. Often the houses are demolished two or three days later. But the tribes can also get it wrong.
The Iraqi Kurdish military are dealing with an epidemic of improvised explosive devices laid by the Islamic State. The extremists are creative, the de-mining team says, and they learn new methods with every bomb.