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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.
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.
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?
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.
 (photo: Anbar police)  (photo: Anbar police)  (photo: Anbar police)
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.
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
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