The Islamic State continues to make its way back into Iraq’s rural areas. In Diyala, security forces believe there is a nefarious reunion between the Islamic State and other extremist groups.
Power And Water And Music:
Locals in the parts of Mosul, from which extremists have been pushed out, are celebrating small signs of returning life: For one thing, the chance to pour a glass of water in a well-lit room.
Like A Vegetable Market:
The first plane landed at Dhi Qar’s brand new airport in March. But that achievement has not stopped locals from making jokes about unpaved roads and unfinished facilities.
An alliance of Iraq’s Shiite Muslim politicians has dominated the country’s parliament for over a decade. But today, that alliance looks increasingly insecure, with leaders looking for new partnerships.
Dollars For Iraqi Doctors:
In one Basra neighbourhood, smart, well-dressed young men try to tempt would-be patients into certain surgeries for a cash kick back. And they'll tell all kinds of stories to make money.
When The Sword Is Mightier:
In Iraqi Kurdistan, journalists who criticize the local authorities may be in danger. Over the past years, several have been murdered. Until now, no progress has been made on their cases.
Despite its importance and historical significance, Baghdad’s famous Modernist Monument to Freedom is in danger of collapse, local authorities say.
Civilian Hostages, Snipers + Suicide Belts:
As pro-Iraq forces close in on the Islamic State fighters in Mosul, civilians trapped in the city with them, say the extremists roam around wearing suicide belts and appear to be ready to fight to the death.
Lies, Damned Lies and Facebook:
The latest trend in politics in Iraq involves the creation of seemingly innocuous Facebook pages, that are used to spread rumours and lies about the opposition. It’s a trend that will only get worse as elections near.
Hide And Seek:
Over the past two months, the Islamic State group has launched more attacks out of remote Salahaddin. Tribal fighters who had been defending their villages are just about ready to give up.
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