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A dark day for Kurdish dreams: Iraqi army forces advance toward the center of Kirkuk on October 16. (photo: AHMAD AL-RUBAYE)
A dark day for Kurdish dreams: Iraqi army forces advance toward the center of Kirkuk on October 16. (photo: AHMAD AL-RUBAYE)
A dark day for Kurdish dreams: Iraqi army forces advance toward the center of Kirkuk on October 16. (photo: AHMAD AL-RUBAYE)
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
Showdown in Anbar:

Iraqi Forces Move Toward Extremists’ Last Stand

Mustafa Habib
Iraqi pro-government military have not just been going north this week, they’ve also been heading west – toward a final showdown with Islamic State fighters who fled Raqqa, among others.
18.10.2017
No Scrubs:

Basra’s Oldest Ottoman Hamam Bathed In History

Saleem al-Wazzan
Public baths are slowly disappearing in Iraq. Together with a handful of regulars, NIQASH visited one of the oldest remaining ones in Basra, centuries old and hidden between spice stores.
19.10.2017
Accusations, Insults, War Mongering:

What Happened Between The Kurdish + Iraqis In Kirkuk

Shalaw Mohammed
The military situation is tense in Kirkuk. Insiders say a deal was done to move troops but online, a bloody civil war was already being waged - it still threatens to spill over into real life.
15.10.2017
Time Not On Their Side:

Will Kurdish Independence Referendum See Iraqi Elections Postponed?

Mustafa Habib
In Baghdad, the Kurdish referendum has dominated all other official proceedings. Lack of progress on electoral laws means federal elections could be postponed - again.
11.10.2017
The coffin of deceased leader, Jalal Talabani, in Sulaymaniyah. (photo: حمه سور)
The coffin of deceased leader, Jalal Talabani, in Sulaymaniyah. (photo: حمه سور)
The coffin of deceased leader, Jalal Talabani, in Sulaymaniyah. (photo: حمه سور)
Over His Dead Body:

At His Funeral, Senior Kurdish Statesman Unites Foes

Histyar Qader
Even in death, senior Kurdish statesman, Jalal Talabani, brought fighting factions together at his funeral. It remains to be seen whether peripheral meetings at the memorial will have any lasting effect.
12.10.2017
Iraqi army soldiers and officers in Abu Ghraib. (photo: وزارة الدفاع العراقية) Iraqi army soldiers and officers in Abu Ghraib. (photo: وزارة الدفاع العراقية) Iraqi army soldiers and officers in Abu Ghraib. (photo: وزارة الدفاع العراقية)
Conspiracy Theories:

Strange Goings-On In Security, In Abu Ghraib

Ibrahim Saleh
A series of attacks in the Abu Ghraib district are giving rise to conspiracy theories that unknown militias want a return to a state of chaos, so they can take control.
11.10.2017
Happy 120th:

Kurdish Woman May Be Oldest In Iraq, Possibly The World

Salam Handani
A sprightly 120-year-old living in Halabja province can claim the title of oldest woman in Iraq. She may even be the oldest in the world – and her grandchildren believe she is even older.
12.10.2017
Promising Alliance:

Kurdish Political Heavyweight Announces Plan To Shake Up Local Voters

Honar Hama Rasheed
If people in Iraqi Kurdistan are not talking about the referendum on independence then they are discussing the arrival of new political alliance with the potential to change the Kurdish political landscape.
5.10.2017
Back From The Dead:

Kurdish Referendum Brings Back Ghost Of Saddam Hussein

Mustafa Habib
Former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein tried to exterminate the Kurds in Iraq. Now Iraqis angry about the Kurdish desire to secede are bringing back bad memories online.
3.10.2017