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Fighters from Shiite Muslim volunteer militias celebrate victory at Baiji. (photo: أحمد الربيعي)
Fighters from Shiite Muslim volunteer militias celebrate victory at Baiji. (photo: أحمد الربيعي)
Fighters from Shiite Muslim volunteer militias celebrate victory at Baiji. (photo: أحمد الربيعي)
Iraq's Most Controversial Political Party:

The Source Of Their Power + What They Want In Government

Mustafa Habib
The alliance closely affiliated with Iraq’s often-controversial Shiite Muslim militias did well in recent elections. But how did they manage to do better than more established parties? And what do they want now?
14.06.2018
Opinion:

The Iraqi Kurdish Opposition Should Get Together And Give Us Something To Vote For

Mohamed Jasm Bakr
The opposition in Iraqi Kurdistan is divided. But if the parties would unite by September’s regional ballot, then disillusioned locals might have a better reason to vote.
7.06.2018
The New Government’s First Fight:

Political Storm Clouds Over Northern Iraqi City Of Kirkuk

Shalaw Mohammed
The first crisis for the new parliament may involve the question of who owns the northern city of Kirkuk. Recent elections have increased divisions and upcoming provincial elections could make things even worse.
7.06.2018
A Likely Story:

How Will The Next Iraqi Government Come Together?

Mustafa Habib
The still-disputed Iraqi elections did not return a clear winner. The formation of a new government will be long and complicated. Here, three scenarios that may play out in the coming weeks, and most likely, months.
7.06.2018
A scene from the rally on the independence referendum last year. (photo: حمه سور) A scene from the rally on the independence referendum last year. (photo: حمه سور) A scene from the rally on the independence referendum last year. (photo: حمه سور)
Don’t Mention The Referendum:

Nobody Wants To Talk About Kurdish Independence Now

Histyar Qader
Most Iraqi Kurds like the idea of independence from Iraq. Many voted for it last year. But as Kurdish politicians went to Baghdad after the elections, it was clear that this was topic non grata during discussions.
31.05.2018
نجم الدين كريم  (photo: Shwan Nawzad)
Kirkuk’s Kurdish Governor:
If Baghdad Blockades Us, ‘We Will Manage’
27.09.2017  |  Politics
Alarming rumour: The Iraqi Kurdish military were headed for a showdown with the federal army.
Sects, Lies And Social Media:
Tall Tales Cause Tensions Ahead Of Kurdish Independence Referendum
20.09.2017  |  Politics
Neighbourhood Tactics:
Smaller Protests in Baghdad Get Bigger Results
17.08.2017  |  Politics
Iraq After The Islamic State:
No Unity On The Sunni Side Of The Street
12.07.2017  |  Politics
Iraqi Kurdish flag: For decades, just being Kurdish was enough to unite locals on the topic of independence.
Social Media Smoke Signals:
Why Iraqi Kurdistan’s Independence Referendum May Be Doomed
5.07.2017  |  Politics
The Facebook pages of Iraqi Kurdish leaders.
Storming Social Media:
In Iraqi Kurdistan, Facebook Is Protestors’ Last Resort
22.06.2017  |  Politics
A member of a Shiite Musilm militia wearing green and yellow, the Shia colours. (photo: موقع الحشد الشعبي)
Creating the Shiite Crescent:
As Extremists Lose Power In Iraq, Militias Loyal To Iran Gain It
14.06.2017  |  Politics
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
20.04.2017  |  Politics