Iraq’s Kurds Head To Baghdad To Negotiate: ‘We Want Deadlines And Guarantees’

Iraqi Kurdish politicians are heading to Baghdad to negotiate with the newly evolving government. Even though none of their demands have changed because none of them were ever met by the last government, the situation certainly has. And some analysts believe the only outcome can be the eventual division of Iraq. by Hiwa Barznjy in Erbil more

Inside Fallujah: Crowded Cemeteries, Flattened Buildings And Potential Revolution

Recently most of the attention has been on northern Iraq. But military action in western Iraq has been going on for months, after areas came under control of Sunni Muslim extremists and other anti-government groups. Some, like the city of Fallujah, have been under constant attack from the Iraqi government. NIQASH went there to find a city demolished, people without hope - and another potential uprising. by Mustafa Habib in Fallujah more

Oil But No Power: Basra Jockeys For Bigger Share In New Govt

As a province, Basra provides a huge percentage of the country’s revenues, as it is home to some of Iraq’s biggest oil producing areas. However in terms of politics, the southern province has been underrepresented. Locals have heard promises of unity and equal representation made by Iraq’s potential new Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi. Is Basra’s situation about to change? by Waheed Ghanim in Basra more

Iraq’s Next Humanitarian Disaster? Northern Town Under Siege By Extremists For Over 70 Days

In Salahaddin, a drama of historic proportions is playing out in the town of Amerli. Surrounded by extremist territory, around 400 townspeople have been defending themselves for over 70 days now. The town, which is sheltering around 17,000 people, is under siege with power and water cut off. Locals can only wait and hope that their drama does not end in yet another humanitarian tragedy. by Ahmad Mohammed in Kirkuk more

Veils, Gloves and Violence: New Extremist Rules See Women Disappear From Mosul’s Streets

Mosul was always a conservative city when it came to women’s rights. However the Sunni Muslim extremists who took control of the town have made it even more difficult for females. Women must now wear facial veils and gloves and may not leave their homes unaccompanied. In one suspected case at least, the price for protesting these rules has been death. by Nawzat Shamdeen in Berlin more

Bypassing Baghdad: International Allies In Direct Talks With Iraq’s Sunnis And Kurds

In Baghdad this week, Iraq’s most senior Shiite Muslim politicians are lamenting their increasing isolation from the international community. The EU and the US are bypassing Baghdad to support Iraq’s Kurdish forces militarily; they’re also holding meetings with Iraq’s Sunni Muslim leaders and have apparently promised to support more Sunni independence. Is this the beginning of the end of a united Iraq? by Mustafa Habib in Baghdad more

A Question From Iraqi Kurdistan: World, Why Must We Fight Your Home Grown Extremists For You?

It is well known that many members of the Sunni Muslim extremist group, the Islamic State, that is currently active in northern Iraq, are foreigners. The group does its best to recruit from overseas. And recently one German-born jihadi, a former pizza delivery boy from Dinslaken, blew himself up in Iraqi Kurdistan. As a result, Iraqi Kurdish journalist Qassim Khider, has a question for the rest of the world. by Qassim Khidhir Hamad in Erbil more

In Iraqi Kurdistan Nobody Knows What’s Happening On Frontlines- Media To Blame?

Over the past two weeks, Sunni Muslim extremists have been fighting pitched battles against military from Iraqi Kurdistan. Reports coming from the front lines have been confusing and often it was unclear who controlled which territory. While the extremists put out false information regularly, the Iraqi Kurdish media have also come in for criticism – they are publishing rumours and propaganda, media analysts said. by Special Correspondent in Sulaymaniyah more

‘Put All The Arabs In Camps’: Prejudice On Rise in Iraqi Kurdistan After Extremist Attacks

After Sunni Muslim extremists attacking the northern Iraqi town of Sinjar last week were warmly greeted by local Arabs, there’s been a further rise in anti-Arab sentiment in Iraqi Kurdistan. Compared with other parts of Iraq the semi-autonomous region has been a relatively safe, prosperous and more tolerant area. Many Arabs have taken refuge there. But as anger on social media translates to impromptu demonstrations and vandalism, is the region’s reputation for tolerance crumbling? by Cathrin Schaer in Erbil more

In Mosul Islamic Extremists Renege On Promises Not To Hurt Former Police, Army

When Sunni Muslim extremists took control of the city of Mosul, local men who were members of the police or military were told that if they handed over their guns and repented, they would be safe. However the first signs of a local uprising against the extremists have seen many security staffers, who did repent, arrested. by Special Correspondent in Mosul more
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