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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
Hassan al-Allaf: The sources of inspiration to a group like the Islamic State need to be removed.
Interview + Deputy Governor Ninawa:
The Liberation Of Mosul Is Uniting Iraqis
20.10.2016  |  Security
If the Iraqi army need us, we are ready: Mariwan Mohammed, a senior commander in the Iraqi Kurdish military.
Interview + Senior Kurdish Commander:
‘Our Forces Won’t Be Part Of Any Political Conflict’
19.10.2016  |  Security
Islamic State explosives defused by Iraqi Kurdish military on display. (Source: Abdul Khalq Dosky) (photo: عبد الخالق دوسكي)
Let’s See Who Dies First:
On The Road With Iraqi Kurdistan’s Bomb Disposal Squad
12.10.2016  |  Security
A still from the Iraqi military's video of the tour of Fallujah, showing the IS cemetery with 500 graves.
Their Final Resting Place:
Touring An Extremist Graveyard in Fallujah
5.10.2016  |  Security
A military parade in southern Iraq this week, during which equipment that would be used in the fight for Mosul was on display. (photo: حيدر  الحمداني)
Preparing For Battle:
In Mosul, Extremists Build Walls, Tunnels, Trenches
26.09.2016  |  Security
The fire-blackened exterior of the hospital.
Conspiracy Theories, Rumours And Gossip:
Who Burned Babies To Death At A Baghdad Hospital?
30.08.2016  |  Security
Unregulated banking favours the IS group: An Iraqi man at one of the country's many exchange shops counts out US dollars. (photo: يوري كورتز)
Supermarkets, Malls + Car Showrooms:
Extremists’ Commercial Investments Could Fund Them For Years
11.08.2016  |  Security
An army checkpoint in action in one of Baghdad's northern suburbs. (Source: Iraqi Ministry of Defence) (photo: وزارة الدفاع العراقية)
Safety Check Or Death Trap?
Extremists Target More Baghdad Checkpoints
4.08.2016  |  Security
A placard outside Maelbeek metro station in Brussels after terrorist attacks there in March 2016. The IS group claimed responsibility for the attacks. (photo: H. Murdock/VOA/ Wikimedia Commons)
From Baghdad To Brussels:
The Iraqi Bully Who Joined A Belgian Terrorist Cell
20.07.2016  |  Security