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Scene of a crime committed with stun greandes in Basra.
Scene of a crime committed with stun greandes in Basra.
Scene of a crime committed with stun greandes in Basra.
The Sound Of Fear:

A Plague Of Stun Grenades Cause Panic in Basra

Saleem al-Wazzan
Different groups are using stun grenades to frighten locals in Basra. Sometimes for religious reasons, other times because of political or criminal grudges.
Planning For The End:

Iraq’s Final Fight Against Extremists Will Be In The Deserts Of Anbar

Mustafa Habib
While fighting against the Islamic State group drags on in Mosul, tribal and military forces in Anbar are preparing for what will likely be the final battle against the extremists. But this fight will take many months.
Power And Water And Music:

Signs Of Life Returning To Mosul

Special Correspondent
Locals in the parts of Mosul, from which extremists have been pushed out, are celebrating small signs of returning life: For one thing, the chance to pour a glass of water in a well-lit room.
New Frenemies:

Extremists Return To Diyala, To Reunite With Old Allies, Al Qaeda

Mustafa Habib
The Islamic State continues to make its way back into Iraq’s rural areas. In Diyala, security forces believe there is a nefarious reunion between the Islamic State and other extremist groups.
The funeral of murdered journalist, Kawa Ahmed Germyani. (photo: حيدر نادر) The funeral of murdered journalist, Kawa Ahmed Germyani. (photo: حيدر نادر) The funeral of murdered journalist, Kawa Ahmed Germyani. (photo: حيدر نادر)
When The Sword Is Mightier:

Iraqi Kurdistan’s Murdered Journalists Still Wait For Justice

Honar Hama Rasheed
In Iraqi Kurdistan, journalists who criticize the local authorities may be in danger. Over the past years, several have been murdered. Until now, no progress has been made on their cases.
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: Getty)
Civilian Hostages, Snipers + Suicide Belts:
Extremists Prepare For Their Last Stand In Mosul
13.04.2017  |  Security
The lucky ones: Civilians in Mosul flee fighting in their city. (photo: Getty / Ahmad Gharabli)
Human Shields, Hidden Snipers, Burning Cars:
Mosul Locals Explain Extremists’ Desperate Tactics
23.03.2017  |  Security
Caught in the crossfire: Locals in Mosul run for cover, as Iraqi army forces clash with the extremist Islamic State group. (photo: توماس كوكس (جيتي))
Survivor Stories:
Tragic Tale Out Of One Basement In Mosul
16.03.2017  |  Security
An army checkpoint in action in one of Baghdad's northern suburbs. (Source: Iraqi Ministry of Defence) (photo: وزارة الدفاع العراقية)
An Agile Opponent:
Extremists Change Tactics in Baghdad
19.01.2017  |  Security
No longer boss? Iraqi military on parade. Source: Govt website
Baghdad’s Legal Gangs?
As Iraqi Police Lose Control Of Streets, Militias Take Over
19.01.2017  |  Security
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