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Fighters from the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan, or PDKI. (photo: Wikimedia Commons)
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
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
Thank You, Extremists:

In Northern Iraq, Kurdish Military Likely To Return To Lands They Lost

Shalaw Mohammed
In October, the Kurdish military were kicked out of Kirkuk for political reasons. But after recent Islamic State attacks, they may return – after the resolution of tactical, political and military problems.
5.04.2018
Fact Or Friction?

Anbar Locals Worry As They See Extremist-Allied Neighbours Returning Home

Kamal al-Ayash
It could be fear and prejudice against anyone suspected of extremist links. Or it could be that Islamic State members and associates really are sneaking back into Anbar.
29.03.2018
Hunting ISIS Ghosts:

Extremists Prepared For Their Defeat In Iraq, Now They’re Re-Grouping

Mustafa Habib
The honeymoon is over: After celebrating victory over the extremist Islamic State group, Iraqi security forces now have to deal with a new wave of fighters who prepared to start a guerrilla war.
21.03.2018
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
Still some work to do: The commander of Iraq's ground forces addresses soldiers. (photo: Iraqi MoD)
IS Far From Gone:
For Iraq, One Down, Three More Battles To Go
27.07.2017  |  Security
Rugged terrian: Insurgent groups have often used the Hamrin mountains as a hideaway. (photo: Araz Muhammed)
Run To The Hills:
Extremists Go From Mosul To The Mountains
27.07.2017  |  Security