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On The Front Line

In The Syrian City Of Afrin, Some Locals Still Cheer Turkish Air Strikes

Awara Hamid
NIQASH’s correspondent travelled to the Syrian city of Afrin, controlled by Syrian Kurds und under siege by Turkey. Here he details a dangerous five-day journey.
The Right Balance:

Iraq’s Sunnis Want US Troops To Stay. Iraq’s Shiites, Not So Much

Mustafa Habib
Iraq’s Sunni Muslims are anxiously watching the debate over the presence of US troops in Iraq. Civilians believe they are an important neutralising presence and military personnel want their help and their technology.
Missing, Presumed Imprisoned:

Political Promises For Mosul Families Still Seeking Lost Loved Ones

Special Correspondent
Thousands of locals in Mosul are still waiting to hear if loved ones, taken by the Islamic State, are alive or dead. It’s become a political cause celebre and some worry that grieving families are being exploited.
Courting Danger:

Iraqi Lawyers Get Death Threats But Won’t Go To Police

Narim Rostam
For lawyers working on sensitive cases, especially corruption cases, in Iraqi Kurdistan, death and other threats are just part of the job.
Fighters from the Ahrar al-Furat group, affiliated with Anbar's tribal militias. (photo: صفحة احرار الفرات على الفيسبوك) Fighters from the Ahrar al-Furat group, affiliated with Anbar's tribal militias. (photo: صفحة احرار الفرات على الفيسبوك) Fighters from the Ahrar al-Furat group, affiliated with Anbar's tribal militias. (photo: صفحة احرار الفرات على الفيسبوك)
What Next For Fighters?

Anbar’s Sunni Militias Fear They Will Be Abandoned By Iraqi Govt - Again

Kamal al-Ayash
The Sunni Muslim volunteers who fought extremists are supposed to be integrated into federal security forces too. But Anbar fighters have heard that promise before and they’re worried it might not happen.
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
Conflict with 'outsiders': Crowds in the Qandil mountains wave PKK flags during Kurdish New Year 2015. (photo: Besaran Tofiq)
Signs Of Violence To Come:
Iraq’s Yazidis Return Home To Face Cruel Economic Blockade
23.06.2016  |  Security
Pro-government forces fire a rocket near Sejar village, in Anbar province, as fight for Fallujah continues. (photo: احمد الربيعي)
Suicide Bombers + Secret Tunnels:
Extremists’ Tactics On Fallujah’s Frontlines
7.06.2016  |  Security