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An Iraqi soldier holds a flag up to celebrate the liberation of the town of Al Qaem recently.
An Iraqi soldier holds a flag up to celebrate the liberation of the town of Al Qaem recently.
An Iraqi soldier holds a flag up to celebrate the liberation of the town of Al Qaem recently.
Fuelling The Fight?

Never Ending Story Of Extremism In Iraq

Mustafa Habib
The military campaign against the Islamic State is almost over. But now, locals and politicians alike say, the Iraqi government must work to ensure they cannot return to recruit more followers.
16.11.2017
‘Nothing But Destruction’

Tuz Khurmatu, Town Of Broken Hearts

Shalaw Mohammed
Tuz Khurmatu has been a flash point for ethnic tensions in northern Iraq for years now. But residents in the town tended to carry on, through sporadic clashes – until now.
8.11.2017
Of Dead Men + Exploding Bridges:

Dangerous Growth Of Fake News Increases Tensions In Northern Iraq

Histyar Qader
After clashes in northern Iraq this week, hundreds of fake pictures have flooded Iraqi social media. Some are real, some not, but leaders on both sides say it’s leading to a dangerous escalation of tensions.
26.10.2017
Shooting Gallery:

Iraqis + Kurdish Use Weapons, Meant For Extremists, On Each Other

Shalaw Mohammed
The countries that gave the Iraqi and Kurdish military rockets, vehicles and guns were concerned that locals might turn the guns on one another. They just didn’t think it would happen so soon.
26.10.2017
A dark day for Kurdish dreams: Iraqi army forces advance toward the center of Kirkuk on October 16. (photo: احمد الربيعي) A dark day for Kurdish dreams: Iraqi army forces advance toward the center of Kirkuk on October 16. (photo: احمد الربيعي) A dark day for Kurdish dreams: Iraqi army forces advance toward the center of Kirkuk on October 16. (photo: احمد الربيعي)
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
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
One of the Islamic State's media points in Mosul, that attracts civilians to the extremist cause.
‘From This Basement To Heaven’:
A Would-Be Teenage Suicide Bomber in Mosul Tells His Story
19.05.2016  |  Security
Would be kidnapper? Iraq's security forces may hold suspected terrorists incognito. (photo: كامران نجم )
Missing, Believed Disappeared:
Baghdad Locals Still Fear Being Kidnapped By Militias or Police
28.04.2016  |  Security
نقطة تفتيش للجيش شمال بغداد (photo: وزارة الدفاع العراقية)
Baghdad’s Border Badlands:
Why The Iraqi Capital Can Never Truly Be Secure
28.04.2016  |  Security
Banned: The extremist Islamic State group wants to stop Mosul locals from watching satellite TV and they want to police Internet usage. (photo: Wikimedia Commons / Biswarup Ganguly)
Last Window On The World:
Extremists In Mosul Ban Satellite TV, Hunt Down Internet Users
28.04.2016  |  Security
احد محال بيع الاسلحة في الموصل
Gunning For A Profit:
Extremists In Mosul Get Into The Small Arms Business
21.04.2016  |  Security