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Supporters of Muqtada al-Sadr (pictured on poster) on Iraqi streets.
Supporters of Muqtada al-Sadr (pictured on poster) on Iraqi streets.
Supporters of Muqtada al-Sadr (pictured on poster) on Iraqi streets.
Trojan Horse Or Treasure?

The Cross-Sectarian, King-Making Alliance Planned For Next Iraqi Elections

Mustafa Habib
One of Iraq’s most powerful political groupings, the Sadrist movement, is trying to form a new alliance that may unite secular, Sunni and Kurdish parties. It would be a first for Iraq. But it could also be a trap.
20.06.2017
The Colour Of Peace:

The Young Artists Erasing Extremist History In Central Iraq

Kamal al-Ayash
A group of art students and their teacher is traveling around Fallujah, erasing slogans on schools and in public places, put there by the extremist Islamic State group.
20.06.2017
Storming Social Media:

In Iraqi Kurdistan, Facebook Is Protestors’ Last Resort

Maaz Farhan
Protests, sit-ins and other campaigns have not done much to solve Iraqi Kurdistan’s political problems. Critics of local government believe Facebook is one of their only chances to voice criticism and effect change.
22.06.2017
Creating the Shiite Crescent:

As Extremists Lose Power In Iraq, Militias Loyal To Iran Gain It

Mustafa Habib
The Iraqi government’s next big problem is coming into view: The group of powerful Shiite Muslim militias loyal to Iran seem to want to keep the country enmeshed in regional turmoil.
14.06.2017
Children playing at the Shahama camp, near Tikrit. Children playing at the Shahama camp, near Tikrit. Children playing at the Shahama camp, near Tikrit.
Deportees + Outcasts:

Visiting The Camp For Iraq's Extremist-Affiliated Families

Ghazwan Hassan al-Jibouri
Outside Tikrit, Iraqi families who had a connection, however distant, to the Islamic State group, are living in "an open-air prison camp". Some of the extremists’ victims live right next door.
13.06.2017
Boudoir Wunderkammer:

The Young Man Who Turned His Bedroom Into A Museum Of Iraqi History

Manar al-Zubaidi
A lifetime spent gathering local antiquities has left one Diwaniya man with a 20,000-strong collection and a museum-worthy exhibition at home.
14.06.2017
انواع من الحلويات التي تشتهر بها الموصل في رمضان انواع من الحلويات التي تشتهر بها الموصل في رمضان انواع من الحلويات التي تشتهر بها الموصل في رمضان
Secular Snacks:

Mosul Locals Taste New Freedoms During Post-Extremist Ramadan

Special Correspondent
Ramadan in Mosul is different this year: Rather than hiding the fact they are not fasting during the religious month, locals are eating in public and restaurants are open. It is all thanks to the Islamic State group.
8.06.2017
No Waiting:

Locals In Anbar Take Reconstruction And Security Into Their Own Hands

Kamal al-Ayash
Sick of waiting for promised aid, locals in Anbar are doing their best to reconstruct their own lives - and even starting their own neighbourhood watch against extremists.
8.06.2017
Death On Wheels:

How Do Car Bombs Get Into Iraq’s Heavily Fortified Capital?

Mustafa Habib
The start of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan saw death and destruction come to Baghdad in the form of car bombs. But how do those cars get into a city so full of soldiers, checkpoints and bomb detectors?
7.06.2017
الاسم الجديد لجلولاء (photo: دشتي علي ) الاسم الجديد لجلولاء (photo: دشتي علي ) الاسم الجديد لجلولاء (photo: دشتي علي )
Not Our Problem:

Iraq’s Officials Deny Responsibility In Disputed Areas

Does the northern town of Jalawla belong to Iraq or is it part of Iraqi Kurdistan? Until the question can be answered, long-suffering locals are not getting any help with rebuilding or municipal services.
8.06.2017