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Iraqi security forces stand on top of a building covered with a poster of Iranian leader, Ali Khamenei, during a demonstration on Quds day in Baghdad in early July. (photo: أحمد الربيعي)
Iraqi security forces stand on top of a building covered with a poster of Iranian leader, Ali Khamenei, during a demonstration on Quds day in Baghdad in early July. (photo: أحمد الربيعي)
Iraqi security forces stand on top of a building covered with a poster of Iranian leader, Ali Khamenei, during a demonstration on Quds day in Baghdad in early July. (photo: أحمد الربيعي)
'The USA Sold Us to Iran':

Iraqis Weigh In On Iran Nuclear Deal

Mustafa Habib
While the rest of the world debates the merits of the Iranian nuclear deal, Iraqis are arguing about it too: Did the US sell them out? Will Iran now be able to interfere in Iraq with impunity?
23.07.2015
Dying Dream of a Civil State:

Iraq's Liberal, Secular MPs Criticised for Self-Interested Performance

Ibrahim Saleh
Liberal Iraqis held out a lot of hope for the newly formed Civil Democratic Alliance. But now, they say, the MPs they elected are simply doing what all other Iraqi MPs do: feathering their own nests.
21.07.2015
A Trench, Closed Roads, Soldier Students:

Karbala Authorities Obsess About the Terrorists Next Door

Abbas Sarhan
Ever since the Islamic State took control of most of Anbar, authorities in Karbala have been concerned about security. Measures taken include digging a trench, closing roads and recruiting students on holiday to fight.
23.07.2015
It's All Lies:

How Propaganda Wars in Extremist-Controlled Mosul Are Being Fought

Khales Joumah
A lack of trustworthy information from inside Mosul has seen locals give up on Iraqi media and turn to satire. Meanwhile the Islamic State sets up outdoor cinemas to convince Mosul they're here to stay.
14.07.2015
 (photo: Hawre Khalid / Metrography)  (photo: Hawre Khalid / Metrography)  (photo: Hawre Khalid / Metrography)
Photo Essay:

Kirkuk, Portrait of A Flashpoint in 15 Pictures

Kirkuk has been, and will most likely continue to be, one of Iraq's most dangerous, most contested cities. But as this Metrography photo essay shows, life must just go on for locals.
21.07.2015
خێزانه‌ هه‌ڵاتووه‌كان رێگای‌ مه‌رگ ده‌ربڕن بۆ ده‌ربازبوون له‌و مه‌رگه‌ی‌ له‌ژێر ده‌سه‌ڵاتی‌ داعش چاوه‌ڕێیان ده‌كات (photo: Shalaw Mohammed)
خێزانه‌ هه‌ڵاتووه‌كان رێگای‌ مه‌رگ ده‌ربڕن بۆ ده‌ربازبوون له‌و مه‌رگه‌ی‌ له‌ژێر ده‌سه‌ڵاتی‌ داعش چاوه‌ڕێیان ده‌كات (photo: Shalaw Mohammed)
Iraqi Kurdish military trying to vet a displaced family from Hawija to make sure they are not part of the extremist IS group. (photo: Shalaw Mohammed)
On 'Death Road':

Civilians Flee Extremist Rule in Hawija, Dodging Checkpoints And Frontlines

Shalaw Mohammed
As extremists rule harshly and coalition airstrikes hit, there's a mass exodus of civilians out of Hawija. And one of the ways they are getting out is with people smugglers on the “death road”.
15.07.2015
A young man selling used clothes in a camp for displaced Iraqis in northern Iraq. (photo: Hawre Khalid/ Metrography) A young man selling used clothes in a camp for displaced Iraqis in northern Iraq. (photo: Hawre Khalid/ Metrography) A young man selling used clothes in a camp for displaced Iraqis in northern Iraq. (photo: Hawre Khalid/ Metrography)
2nd Hand Holidays in Kut:

Displaced Iraqis Equal Boom for Used Goods Market

Mohammed al-Zaidi
Iraq's displaced millions can't afford to buy brand new toys and clothes for the upcoming Eid holiday. So they're buying second hand - and used goods dealers are the ones benefitting most.
14.07.2015
New Golden Age for 'Terrorist' Group:

Political and Battlefield Developments Mean Kurdish Militias Likely To Stay in Iraq

Honar Hama Rasheed
Syrian Kurdish militias affiliated with a designated terrorist group are increasingly popular and most likely to play a greater part in Iraq in the future.
9.07.2015
Sudden Silence?

Why Local Media Have Shut Up About Iraq-Saudi Arabia Wikileaks Scandal

Ibrahim Saleh
A recent Wikileaks release indicates some Iraqi politicians had closer ties to Saudi Arabia than anyone expected. After calling for the death penalty, partisan media have suddenly stopped reporting the scandal.
9.07.2015
Ramadan in Baghdad is better this year, thanks to the lifting of a security curfew. Ramadan in Baghdad is better this year, thanks to the lifting of a security curfew. Ramadan in Baghdad is better this year, thanks to the lifting of a security curfew.
Food, Family, No Sleep:

Baghdad A New City During Ramadan, Thanks to End of Curfew

Mustafa Sadoun
In February the security curfew in Baghdad was ended after over ten years. Locals are taking advantage of this during Ramadan, despite the country’s ongoing security crisis.
9.07.2015