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An Iraqi family leaves an IS-stronghold carrying a white flag. (photo: بولنت كلك \جيتي)
An Iraqi family leaves an IS-stronghold carrying a white flag. (photo: بولنت كلك \جيتي)
A refugee camp in Iraq.  (photo: Wikimedia Commons)
Case Closed?

Trading One Problem For Two, As Anbar Displaced Camps Close

Kamal al-Ayash
Camps for those made homeless by the security crisis are closing. As a result, Anbar has two problems: Poor families who can’t afford to move and extremist families who’ll be in danger if they leave.
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.
Extremists At The Intersections

As Security Forces Multiply In Anbar, So Does Danger

Kamal al-Ayash
There are more than five different security forces protecting Anbar from extremist attacks. But in this case, too much security is starting to equal too little, with no central command or overarching plan.
Anbar’s Lost Children:

The Teenage Soldiers Who Fought Extremists, Now Deserted By Their Country

Kamal al-Ayash
Teenagers who fought the Islamic State group have returned home physically and psychologically broken. But because they were legally too young to fight, they have no way of getting the medical care or benefits.
Living In A Prison

High Security In Anbar Changes Iraqi Civilian Life

Kamal al-Ayash
There are checkpoints, security dogs, armed men and guns everywhere. Locals in Anbar’s biggest cities complain that the fight against extremists is turning their hometowns into one big military barracks.
The lucky ones: Civilians in Mosul flee fighting in their city. (photo: احمد غرابلي جيتي )
Human Shields, Hidden Snipers, Burning Cars:
Mosul Locals Explain Extremists’ Desperate Tactics
23.03.2017  |  Security
Caught in the crossfire: Locals in Mosul run for cover, as Iraqi army forces clash with the extremist Islamic State group. (photo: توماس كوكس (جيتي))
Survivor Stories:
Tragic Tale Out Of One Basement In Mosul
16.03.2017  |  Security
An army checkpoint in action in one of Baghdad's northern suburbs. (Source: Iraqi Ministry of Defence) (photo: وزارة الدفاع العراقية)
An Agile Opponent:
Extremists Change Tactics in Baghdad
19.01.2017  |  Security
No longer boss? Iraqi military on parade. Source: Govt website
Baghdad’s Legal Gangs?
As Iraqi Police Lose Control Of Streets, Militias Take Over
19.01.2017  |  Security
Good business: Security cameras for sale in Iraqi Kurdistan. (photo: معاذ فرحان)
Invasion Of Privacy?
In Iraqi Kurdistan, A Security Camera On Every Corner
19.01.2017  |  Security
Who Killed The 'Tank Boy'?
Iraq’s Fake News On Rise, As Mosul Campaign Continues
27.12.2016  |  Security
Iraqis in Abu Ghraib prison, awaiting release. (photo: واثق الخزاعي )
Catch and Release:
In Iraq, Over 200 Innocent Civilians Arrested Daily
15.12.2016  |  Security
Major General Fadhil Jalil Barwari, commander of Iraq’s elite Counter-Terrorism Service. (photo: آواره حميد)
Golden Division Commander:
‘We Know Where Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi Is’
15.12.2016  |  Security