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Red Lines In The Sand:

In The Deserts of Anbar, US And Pro-Iran Forces Jostle

Kamal al-Ayash
A patchwork of military forces is in charge of security in Anbar’s extremist-plagued deserts. All of them, including US troops, use the lack of a command centre to their own advantage.
13.09.2019
Traitors + Foreign Agents:

Shiite Moderates In Iraqi Politics On a Losing Streak

Mustafa Habib
An alliance in Shiite Muslim politics that aimed for neutrality in foreign policy and effective, technocratic governance arose out of Iraq’s post-IS unity. That moderate alliance now appears to be falling apart.
12.09.2019
Waking Ninawa’s ‘Giant’:

Fighting Terrorism With Water In Northern Iraq

Nawzat Shamdeen
Locals living around Mosul hold out great hope for a long-stalled irrigation project that, if operational, could bring back prosperity and reduce opportunities for extremist recruitment.
12.09.2019
A New Foreign Policy:

How Iraq Is Standing Up For Itself, After Israeli Attacks

Mustafa Habib
Often trapped between Iran and the US, Iraq’s foreign policy experts have been playing a wily game to avoid it happening again – especially after suspected Israeli attacks inside the country.
6.09.2019
Long awaited: Water tankers in Ninawa. Long awaited: Water tankers in Ninawa. Long awaited: Water tankers in Ninawa.
Favours, Not Services:

In Southern Ninawa, Trading Water for Votes In A Thirsty Town

Nawzat Shamdeen
Plans to supply water to Tal Abta, a town that’s been thirsty for decades keep stalling. The latest attempt sees politicians trading “water for votes”.
6.09.2019
A popular fellow: Mohammed al-Halbusi
A popular fellow: Mohammed al-Halbusi
A popular fellow: Mohammed al-Halbusi
Times, They Are A ‘Changing:

The Ambitions of One Politician Putting a Whole Province at Risk, Locals Say

Kamal al-Ayash
Political high-flyer Mohammed al-Halbusi is apparently side-lining anyone in Anbar who isn’t his ally. His critics say the disunity risks provincial security.
6.09.2019
Members of IHEC: No provincial elections planned in the near future. Members of IHEC: No provincial elections planned in the near future. Members of IHEC: No provincial elections planned in the near future.
Bad Governors

Drama On Iraq’s Councils After Provincial Elections Are Cancelled Again

Mustafa Habib
Conflict at federal level is complicating local politics too. Provincial elections have not been held for five years and council leadership no longer reflects the country’s new political reality.
31.12.2018
Filthy Lucre

How To Get A Loan In Baghdad - At 30% Interest, Repaid In 3 Months

Ibrahim Saleh
It’s tough to get a loan from Iraq’s undeveloped banking sector unless you fulfil certain, very specific criteria. But growing consumer desire and outrageous interest rates are forcing a change.
30.12.2018
Out With The Islamists

Iraqi Kurdistan Heading For First Secular Government In A Decade

Histyar Qader
In 2019, it seems Iraqi Kurdistan’s government will not have any Islamist parties involved. Their exclusion, and a wholly secular leadership, presents both a problem and an opportunity.
30.12.2018
Basra protestors don the same yellow vests as French anti-government protestors. Basra protestors don the same yellow vests as French anti-government protestors. Basra protestors don the same yellow vests as French anti-government protestors.
The Province Most Likely To:

Basra Protests Evolve, Confuse And Have The Potential To Change Everything

Mustafa Habib
Just a few short months ago, Basra was known for oil production, shipping and poverty. Since this summer’s protests, it has become the province most likely to drastically change Iraq’s political landscape.
21.12.2018