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A mural in Mosul painted by the IS group, as propaganda. The Arabic says: We will win and we know that all the coalition countries are our enemies. (photo: جيتي : مارتين ايم)
A mural in Mosul painted by the IS group, as propaganda. The Arabic says: We will win and we know that all the coalition countries are our enemies. (photo: جيتي : مارتين ايم)
A mural in Mosul painted by the IS group, as propaganda. The Arabic says: We will win and we know that all the coalition countries are our enemies. (photo: جيتي : مارتين ايم)
The Countdown:

In West Mosul, Extremists Promise ‘Divine Intervention’ Will Defeat Iraqi Army

Special Correspondent
In eastern Mosul, Iraqi pro-government forces are organizing themselves to begin to fight against the Islamic State. In western Mosul, civilians do their best to survive a siege and extremists step up their propaganda.
1.02.2017
Frenemies United:

Security Problems, Scrappy Militias Delay Fight Against Extremists In Western Mosul

Mustafa Habib
The biggest problem in eastern Mosul, post-extremists, is security. The Iraqi army needs to move on, to fight in western Mosul, but they cannot leave the eastern city to a variety of militias, fighting among themselves.
1.02.2017
An Agile Opponent:

Extremists Change Tactics in Baghdad

Ibrahim Saleh
Recent extremist bomb attacks in Baghdad indicate that the IS group has adapted its methods and become more mobile. But they also show that fixed bases inside the city no longer seem viable for the extremists.
19.01.2017
Baghdad’s Legal Gangs?

As Iraqi Police Lose Control Of Streets, Militias Take Over

Mustafa Habib
The volunteer militias formed to fight the Islamic State group are now policing Baghdad’s neighbourhoods. But as they do, they compete with the real police, ignore the real laws and often act more like a mafia.
19.01.2017
A protest in Sulaymaniyah (photo: دانا امين) A protest in Sulaymaniyah (photo: دانا امين) A protest in Sulaymaniyah (photo: دانا امين)
Patience Lost:

Power Station Attack A Sign Iraqi Kurdish Protestors Are Ready To Use Violence?

Alaa Latif
Just after protests about power cuts, somebody fired rockets at a Chamchamal power station. Is this the first sign of violence, after months of protests against the local government?
19.01.2017
Good business: Security cameras for sale in Iraqi Kurdistan. (photo: معاذ فرحان)
Invasion Of Privacy?
In Iraqi Kurdistan, A Security Camera On Every Corner
19.01.2017  |  Security
Who Killed The 'Tank Boy'?
Iraq’s Fake News On Rise, As Mosul Campaign Continues
27.12.2016  |  Security
Iraqis in Abu Ghraib prison, awaiting release. (photo: واثق الخزاعي )
Catch and Release:
In Iraq, Over 200 Innocent Civilians Arrested Daily
15.12.2016  |  Security
Major General Fadhil Jalil Barwari, commander of Iraq’s elite Counter-Terrorism Service. (photo: آواره حميد)
Golden Division Commander:
‘We Know Where Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi Is’
15.12.2016  |  Security
When sectarian tensions were high in Baghdad previously, concrete barriers divided Shiite neighbourhoods from Sunni ones.
On The Sunni Side Of The Street:
Sectarian Tensions Return to Baghdad
26.10.2016  |  Security
صحفيونفي الجبهة اثناء تغطيته معركة الموصل (photo: نقاش)
Reporters Without Orders:
Mosul Claims High Media Death Toll, Iraqi Journalists Ask Why
25.10.2016  |  Security
Hassan al-Allaf: The sources of inspiration to a group like the Islamic State need to be removed.
Interview + Deputy Governor Ninawa:
The Liberation Of Mosul Is Uniting Iraqis
20.10.2016  |  Security
If the Iraqi army need us, we are ready: Mariwan Mohammed, a senior commander in the Iraqi Kurdish military.
Interview + Senior Kurdish Commander:
‘Our Forces Won’t Be Part Of Any Political Conflict’
19.10.2016  |  Security