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Turkmen in Kirkuk protest about the hoisting of the Kurdish flag in their province in March this year. Source: Getty (photo: وكالة الاناضول)
Turkmen in Kirkuk protest about the hoisting of the Kurdish flag in their province in March this year. Source: Getty (photo: وكالة الاناضول)
Turkmen in Kirkuk protest about the hoisting of the Kurdish flag in their province in March this year. Source: Getty (photo: وكالة الاناضول)
A Turkmen Dream:

‘We Have Been Working On Making Kirkuk A Separate Region’

Shalaw Mohammed
The spokesperson for Turkmen political parties in Kirkuk tells NIQASH that his people don’t want to be part of Kurdistan, that they do want a semi-independent region and they hope Turkey will help them with that.
18.05.2017
Going Against God:

Iraq’s Religious Militias Push Back Against A Communist Revival

Mustafa Habib
Last week’s kidnapping of seven activists in Baghdad could be another sign of increasing tensions between secular parties in Iraq and the country’s ruling religious groups. Is history repeating?
17.05.2017
Anti-Islamic?

Secular Parties In Iraqi Kurdistan Can’t Get It Together To Confront Islamists

Histyar Qader
Iraqi Kurdistan’s left wing and secular parties are worried that their ideological rivals, the Islamic parties, are coming closer together. Yet somehow the Kurdish left cannot seem to unite.
11.05.2017
After ISIS:

Iraq’s Sunni Politicians Deeply Divided By Competing Visions For Future

Mustafa Habib
Iraq’s Sunni Muslims desperately need their politicians to present a united front and act in their interests. But the politicians cannot agree on a vision for the post-Islamic State future.
4.05.2017
A meeting of the leaders of the National Alliance in Iraq. Source: Website (photo: الموقع الرسمي للتحالف الوطني) A meeting of the leaders of the National Alliance in Iraq. Source: Website (photo: الموقع الرسمي للتحالف الوطني) A meeting of the leaders of the National Alliance in Iraq. Source: Website (photo: الموقع الرسمي للتحالف الوطني)
Post-Sectarian Politics?

Iraq’s Most Important Political Alliance Riven By Disputes

Mustafa Habib
An alliance of Iraq’s Shiite Muslim politicians has dominated the country’s parliament for over a decade. But today, that alliance looks increasingly insecure, with leaders looking for new partnerships.
20.04.2017
Spent billions:  Iraq’s Minister of Displacement and Migration, Jassim Mohammed.
Iraq’s Immigration Minister:
'We Are Not Forcing The Displaced To Return To Their Homes’
2.02.2017  |  Politics
A conference held in Baghdad, in October 2016 about the transfer of powers to provincial authorities. Iraqi PM, Haider al-Abadi, sits at the head of the table. (photo: الحكومة العراقية )
Why Can’t Law 21 Save The Country?
Plan To Decentralize Iraqi Govt. Power Still Stuck In Limbo
26.01.2017  |  Politics
A member of Iraqi Kurdish military planting the Iraqi Kurdish flag. (photo: كامران نجم)
Year In Review:
Iraqi Kurdistan’s ‘Year Of Crisis’
3.01.2017  |  Politics
Members of Sulaymaniyah's provincial government vote for a change of leader. (photo: موقع هافال ابو بكر على الفيسبوك)
The Governor’s New Clothes:
Iraqi Kurdistan’s Historic Power Sharing Deal – Or Is It?
30.08.2016  |  Politics
The KDP's Jafar Ibrahim Eminki, is the Deputy Speaker in the Iraqi Kurdish Parliament (photo: أواره حميد)
KDP Spokesperson, Eminki:
'This Crisis Is Not About The Iraqi Kurdish Presidency'
4.08.2016  |  Politics