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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
Senior politicians, including Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi (third from right), in Parliament. (Source: Parliamentary website) (photo: الموقع الرسمي للبرلمان العراقي)
Too Many Contradictions:
Why Iraq’s New Political Parties Law Can Never Work
7.07.2016  |  Politics
Senior members of the Iraqi Kurdish alliance in Baghdad's Parliament.
Kurdish MPs To Baghdad:
‘Get Your House In Order, Or We Won’t Be Back’
26.05.2016  |  Politics
Iraqi schoolchildren with donated books and pens. (photo: Staff Sgt. Alex Licea)
No Way To Get Funding:
Iraqi Kurdistan’s Law on NGOs Must Change, NGOs Say
12.05.2016  |  Politics
 (photo: Website of Iraqi Parliament)
The Danger Of Dictatorship:
How To Replace Iraq’s Flawed Political System?
12.05.2016  |  Politics
Banned: The Speaker of the Iraqi Kurdish Parliament, Yusuf Mohammed. (photo: هونر حمه رشيد)
Speaker Of Iraqi Kurdish Parliament:
‘If Barzani Stepped Down Now, He Would Be A Model President’
31.03.2016  |  Politics
A flag belonging to one of the Shiite volunteer militias hangs over a sign that used to mark that this was IS territory near Tikirt, in Salahaddin province (photo: يونس البيياتي)
Power, Money And Angry Cousins:
Political In-Fighting in Salahaddin Province Causing Municipal Chaos
17.03.2016  |  Politics
Who is the Iraqi of the Year?
Year in Review:
Who Is Iraq's 'Person of the Year' For 2015?
7.01.2016  |  Politics