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Where are they? So many checkpoints in Salahaddin, so few answers. (photo: شرطة صلاح الدين)
Three Years Gone:

Salahaddin Families Appeal To PM To Find Missing Relatives

Ghazwan Hassan al-Jibouri
Salahaddin families had hoped when the city of Mosul was cleared of extremists, they'd find out what happened to missing loved ones. But three years later they still don’t know. Now they’re asking the prime minister.
31.05.2018
The Cold War On The Border:

US And Iran Face Off in Former Extremist-Held Iraqi Town

Mustafa Habib
Locals in Al Qaim, Anbar, worry that the current stable security situation can’t last. It’s being upheld by US troops and Iran-allied militias, whose antipathy toward one another is becoming more overt all the time.
31.05.2018
The Right To Bear Arms:

North Of Baghdad, Villagers Say Fight Against Extremists Not Over

Ibrahim Saleh
Locals in Tarmiyah, north of Baghdad, thought official security forces would protect them from the extremist Islamic State group and gave up weapons. They were recently proven wrong. Now they want their guns back.
17.05.2018
No More Safe Zones:

Iran Sending Assassins To Iraq, Say Iranian Kurdish Groups

Honar Hama Rasheed
After several murders of members of Iranian Kurdish groups in northern Iraq, accusations are flying. The groups say Iranian influence is increasing and that killers are coming over the border.
19.04.2018
Not as well armed but possibly nicer guys: Members of the al-Abbas Combat Brigade. (photo: صفحة فرقة العباس القتالية على الفيسبوك ) Not as well armed but possibly nicer guys: Members of the al-Abbas Combat Brigade. (photo: صفحة فرقة العباس القتالية على الفيسبوك ) Not as well armed but possibly nicer guys: Members of the al-Abbas Combat Brigade. (photo: صفحة فرقة العباس القتالية على الفيسبوك )
Formerly-Armed Angels?

The Controversial Iraqi Militia That Now Prefers Social Work To Politics

Mustafa Habib
The fight against extremists is almost over and one of the country’s often-controversial Shiite Muslim militias is doing good deeds and eschewing politics. Is the al-Abbas Combat Brigade too good to be true?
5.04.2018
On trial? Police officers in Anbar. (photo: Anbar police)
Amnesty Or Disgrace:
What Next For Anbar Security Staffers Who Fled?
15.03.2018  |  Security
Missing, Presumed Imprisoned:
Political Promises For Mosul Families Still Seeking Lost Loved Ones
25.01.2018  |  Security
Next Stop - Syria, Lebanon, Yemen?
For Some Iraqi Militias, The Fight Will Go On
21.12.2017  |  Security
Premature Congratulation:
The Islamic State Group Lives On - In Iraq’s Deserts
13.12.2017  |  Security
An Iraqi soldier holds a flag up to celebrate the liberation of the town of Al Qaem recently.
Fuelling The Fight?
Never Ending Story Of Extremism In Iraq
16.11.2017  |  Security
A blocked road in Tuz Khurmatu. (photo: شوان نوزد )
‘Nothing But Destruction’
Tuz Khurmatu, Town Of Broken Hearts
8.11.2017  |  Security
A dark day for Kurdish dreams: Iraqi army forces advance toward the center of Kirkuk on October 16. (photo: احمد الربيعي)
Of Dead Men + Exploding Bridges:
Dangerous Growth Of Fake News Increases Tensions In Northern Iraq
26.10.2017  |  Security
A dark day for Kurdish dreams: Iraqi army forces advance toward the center of Kirkuk on October 16. (photo: احمد الربيعي)
The View From Kirkuk:
Secret Deals, Scared Neighbours + Grieving Mothers
19.10.2017  |  Security
Showdown in Anbar:
Iraqi Forces Move Toward Extremists’ Last Stand
18.10.2017  |  Security
البشمركة في كركوك
Accusations, Insults, War Mongering:
What Happened Between The Kurdish + Iraqis In Kirkuk
15.10.2017  |  Security
Iraqi army soldiers and officers in Abu Ghraib. (photo: وزارة الدفاع العراقية)
Conspiracy Theories:
Strange Goings-On In Security, In Abu Ghraib
11.10.2017  |  Security
Queues stretch kilometres in either direction at the Al Soqour checkpoint. (photo: نقاش)
Waiting Hours To Be Humiliated:
Visiting Baghdad’s Checkpoint Of Injustice
31.08.2017  |  Security
Security Or Demographics?
Why Babel Province Has A Ghost Town
30.08.2017  |  Security
Last October when sleepr cells from the IS group raided Kirkuk, locals took to the streets with their own guns. (photo: وكالة الاناضول)
More Dangerous Every Day:
Meeting A Member Of An Extremist Sleeper Cell In Kirkuk
23.08.2017  |  Security