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Iraqi military on the Syria-Iraq border in Anbar.
Iraqi military on the Syria-Iraq border in Anbar.
Iraqi military on the Syria-Iraq border in Anbar.
Build The Wall

Despite Doubts About Efficacy, Anbar Builds Border Fence To Keep Extremists Out

Kamal al-Ayash
Iraq is attempting to secure its porous border with Syria. A trial security fence is being built. But there are many doubts about its ability to keep the Islamic State group out.
18.07.2018
Poisoned Cups

Dealing With The Iraqi River Where Sewage And Drinking Water Mix

Dashty Ali
Every day litres of waste water and even sewage end up in the rivers and lakes, that are the main source of drinking water for one of Iraqi Kurdistan’s biggest cities.
18.07.2018
60 Years Later

The Last Iraqi King’s Driver: His Death Remains ‘A Black Spot On Iraqi History’

Mohammed al-Zaidi
This week marks 60 years since the coup that ended Iraq’s monarchy. NIQASH spoke to the last Iraqi king’s personal driver about why he, like others, believes this date was the beginning of the end for Iraq.
19.07.2018
New Terror Campaign

Extremists Intimidate, Harass, Dislocate Locals In Salahaddin, Then Take Over

Ghazwan Hassan al-Jibouri
The extremist Islamic State group has new tactics in Salahaddin. It is trying to clear areas it can use for bases with a campaign of intimidation.
12.07.2018
Forced Together

Marathon Of Iraqi Govt. Negotiations Bring Sworn Enemies Together

Mustafa Habib
Iraq’s politicians are not getting anywhere, as they negotiate to form the next government. It is apparently so frustrating that many have even started talking to their sworn political enemies again.
12.07.2018
Iraqi Kurdish troops on the road. (photo: حمه سور)
Iraqi Kurdish troops on the road. (photo: حمه سور)
Iraqi Kurdish troops on the road. (photo: حمه سور)
Whose Guns?

Trying To Solve The Mystery Of Iraqi Kurdistan’s Exploding Weapon Depots

Awara Hamid
Recently, Iraqi Kurdish media reported on explosions in six weapons storage facilities. Most of the odd incidents happened within just one week - raising suspicions, despite official explanations.
12.07.2018
The Iraqi parliament in session. (photo: البرلمان العراقي ) The Iraqi parliament in session. (photo: البرلمان العراقي ) The Iraqi parliament in session. (photo: البرلمان العراقي )
Who’s The Boss?

Iraqi Politicians Fear Interim Government Will Be Too Powerful

Mustafa Habib
While parties are negotiating to form a new government and recounting votes, worried ex-parliamentarians are asking who will hold an interim administration to account.
5.07.2018
Something In The Water

The Secret History Behind The Stalled Project To Solve Iraq’s Water Problems

Histyar Qader and Awara Hamid
Despite ever-increasing water supply problems, the construction of one of the biggest dams in Iraq remains on hold. One of the main reasons for the delay seems to be political paranoia.
5.07.2018
Turning Off Their Phones:

After Elections, Anbar’s Would-Be MPs Still Owe Millions

Kamal al-Ayash
Candidates in the recent elections spent millions of dinars on their campaigns in Anbar. Or at least, they promised to. Many small businesses, including copy shops and butchers, are still waiting to be paid.
5.07.2018
Dangerously Apathetic:

Anbar Voters Care Less About Election After The Vote, Than They Did Before

Kamal al-Ayash
In other provinces, voters are debating election fraud and the next government. In Anbar, they care less about the election and more about the football World Cup.
28.06.2018