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A member of a Shiite Musilm militia wearing green and yellow, the Shia colours. (photo: موقع الحشد الشعبي)
A member of a Shiite Musilm militia wearing green and yellow, the Shia colours. (photo: موقع الحشد الشعبي)
A member of a Shiite Musilm militia wearing green and yellow, the Shia colours. (photo: موقع الحشد الشعبي)
Perfect Storm:

New Iraqi Govt Struggles With Internal Political Conflicts + International Sanctions

Mustafa Habib
Iraqi politicians are struggling to finalize their cabinet while dealing with ongoing internal scraps and the threat of international sanctions.
13.12.2018
Anbar’s Lost Children:

The Teenage Soldiers Who Fought Extremists, Now Deserted By Their Country

Kamal al-Ayash
Teenagers who fought the Islamic State group have returned home physically and psychologically broken. But because they were legally too young to fight, they have no way of getting the medical care or benefits.
13.12.2018
Game Changer:

Iraqi Kurdistan’s Most Powerful Political Cousins Set To Share Power At The Top

Honar Hama Rasheed
Earlier this month Iraqi Kurdistan’s most popular party made an unexpected choice for regional prime minister. Some fear the choice may increase rivalry between two cousins who must now run the region in unison.
13.12.2018
Reunion Blues

In Northern Iraq, Where A Re-Opened Bridge Is About Much More Than Just A-To-B

Shalaw Mohammed
A Kirkuk bridge destroyed during the October face-off between Iraqi and Kurdish troops has been re-opened. In practical terms, it’s positive. But in terms of symbolism and politics, it’s seen by some as a bad sign.
30.08.2018
Shiite politicians meet and it doesn't look like fun. Shiite politicians meet and it doesn't look like fun. Shiite politicians meet and it doesn't look like fun.
Strange Goings-On:

Intrigue + Manipulation, Friends + Enemies, As Iraq Tries To Form New Govt

Mustafa Habib
As Iraq begins creating a new government and traditional allies disagree, there’s been plenty of behind-the-scenes action and intrigue – especially from the country’s neighbours in Iran.
29.08.2018
Still Hot, Still Angry

Momentum Of Protests In Southern Iraq Slows – But They Won’t Stop

Saleem al-Wazzan
Protestors in Basra are young, genuinely angry and well aware their demands are not being met. So, although the demonstrations have slowed, locals believe they will return – and with more fury.
30.08.2018
A Non-Consensual Consensus

Support For Iraq’s Top Sunni Politician Appears Unified – Or is It?

Kamal al-Ayash
As Iraqi political parties negotiate to form a new government, a front runner has emerged for top Sunni Muslim representative. Yet somehow Mohammed al-Halbusi’s popularity is causing jealousy and suspicion.
23.08.2018
On the Road Again

Weather Forces A Return To Tradition In Iraqi Kurdistan

Sarchin Salih
A few short years ago, it was unusual to see Kurdish shepherds moving stock around. But now, thanks to dry weather, some farmers are going back to their ancestral, nomadic ways.
23.08.2018
Change We Can Believe In

Iraq’s Historic Opportunity

Mustafa Habib
There is a unique situation in Iraq today: national unity, huge challenges, political renewal. It’s time for a change. But can the country do it?
16.08.2018
Iraqi and Saudi officials at the Arar border crossing (photo: الفيسبوك ) Iraqi and Saudi officials at the Arar border crossing (photo: الفيسبوك ) Iraqi and Saudi officials at the Arar border crossing (photo: الفيسبوك )
Lines In The Sand

As Iraq Sanctions Iran Trade, Saudi Arabia Boosts Border Crossing

Kamal al-Ayash
Opening the Arar border crossing on Iraq’s border with Saudi Arabia could help locals economically. But analysts say it’s also about international influence.
15.08.2018