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A dark day for Kurdish dreams: Iraqi army forces advance toward the center of Kirkuk on October 16. (photo: AHMAD AL-RUBAYE)
A dark day for Kurdish dreams: Iraqi army forces advance toward the center of Kirkuk on October 16. (photo: AHMAD AL-RUBAYE)
A dark day for Kurdish dreams: Iraqi army forces advance toward the center of Kirkuk on October 16. (photo: AHMAD AL-RUBAYE)
The View From Kirkuk:

Secret Deals, Scared Neighbours + Grieving Mothers

Shalaw Mohammed
People in the northern city of Kirkuk have lived through a lot, including attacks by the Islamic State. But for many, last weekend was the last straw.
19.10.2017
Showdown in Anbar:

Iraqi Forces Move Toward Extremists’ Last Stand

Mustafa Habib
Iraqi pro-government military have not just been going north this week, they’ve also been heading west – toward a final showdown with Islamic State fighters who fled Raqqa, among others.
18.10.2017
Accusations, Insults, War Mongering:

What Happened Between The Kurdish + Iraqis In Kirkuk

Shalaw Mohammed
The military situation is tense in Kirkuk. Insiders say a deal was done to move troops but online, a bloody civil war was already being waged - it still threatens to spill over into real life.
15.10.2017
Conspiracy Theories:

Strange Goings-On In Security, In Abu Ghraib

Ibrahim Saleh
A series of attacks in the Abu Ghraib district are giving rise to conspiracy theories that unknown militias want a return to a state of chaos, so they can take control.
11.10.2017
More funds needed: Mosul council officials inspect the destruction in the city, post-IS. (photo: الموقع الرسمي لرئيسة مجلس محافظة الموصل بسمة باسم على الفيسبوك) More funds needed: Mosul council officials inspect the destruction in the city, post-IS. (photo: الموقع الرسمي لرئيسة مجلس محافظة الموصل بسمة باسم على الفيسبوك) More funds needed: Mosul council officials inspect the destruction in the city, post-IS. (photo: الموقع الرسمي لرئيسة مجلس محافظة الموصل بسمة باسم على الفيسبوك)
Unemployment + Insecurity:

Locals In Former Extremist Areas Live In Ruins, Cope With Lawless Militias

Mustafa Habib
At first they celebrated the end of extremist Islamic State group. But now, unemployed, living in ruins and harassed by self-organised security forces, some Iraqis are no longer feeling so lucky.
28.09.2017
The lucky ones: Civilians in Mosul flee fighting in their city. (photo: احمد غرابلي جيتي )
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