Blog archive: Iraq

  • 21st December 2015
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    One of the photos posted from Iraq by Nayef bin Eid Mohammed Al Thani a few days before he and his Qatari companions were kidnapped Arabic media reports suggest the nine Qatari royals kidnapped in Iraq last week are being held by Iranian-linked Shia elements whose demands are political and...
  • 1st May 2015
    By
    Mustafa Habib
    Almost a month since the Islamic State group was expelled from Tikrit, the city is a graffiti-covered ghost town ruled by opposing groups of gunmen, none of whom trust one another. By Mustafa Habib in Tikrit, via Niqash  In Basha Street in the centre of the Iraqi city of Tikrit,...
  • 5th December 2014
    By
    Nawzat Shamdeen
    Last week ISIS announced the shutdown of almost all mobile phone services in the Iraqi city of Mosul. The move is certainly not winning friends for the Islamist militants who control the city: it's causing enormous disruption for businesses and individuals as well as depriving...
  • 28th November 2014
    By
    Ibrahim Saleh
    Many displaced Iraqis seeking shelter in camps have found they cannot leave to get warm blankets, medicine or extra food. The camps lie in what are known as Iraq’s “disputed territories”. By Ibrahim Saleh in Diyala, via Niqash Ali al-Bayati brought his family to the Bahari Taza displaced...
  • 13th October 2014
    By
    Ibrahim Saleh
    The Baghdad papers: some were paid by the former PM to just write good things about him Media organisations that fostered close links Iraq’s former Prime Minister and, some say, published or broadcast propaganda for him, are finding that their funding has dried up. Analysts and...
  • 5th October 2014
    By
    Mustafa Habib
    Uniforms left behind by the Iraqi army when they fled their posts in Mosul earlier this year. By Mustafa Habib in Baghdad, via niqash.org The Iraqi army is suffering badly from what locals describe as the “astronaut phenomenon”. That is, soldiers who pay money to superior officers so...
  • 3rd October 2014
    By
    Ahmad Mohammed
    By Ahmad Mohammed in Kirkuk, via niqash.org In areas under the control of Sunni Muslim extremists, teachers have been issued a special set of instructions. Among other things they say that males and females are to be separated, all mentions of evolution are to be removed from textbooks...
  • 29th September 2014
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Among people in Iraq and Syria who are threatened with the loss of their homes or their lives, and in the eyes of millions watching from afar, ISIS is evil. Members of ISIS view it differently, however. As far as they are concerned, ISIS is on a humanitarian mission to rid the world of sin and is...
  • 12th September 2014
    By
    Khales Joumah
    Inside the extremist-occupied city of Mosul, teachers have been told to report to work and teach an extremist-formulated curriculum – or face the consequences. Meanwhile the Ministry of Education in Baghdad, which still pays their salaries, says if they show up to work, they may be fired. The...
  • 1st September 2014
    By
    Khales Joumah, Mosul
    Towards the end of August, citizens of Mosul were invited to witness the city’s first death by stoning. Extremists who had taken over the city in early June had sentenced a man to death for adultery. Eyewitnesses say the event was shocking. And many in Mosul expect more of the same; they believe...
  • 24th August 2014
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    It is already very clear that combating ISIS and the "Islamic State" will be no easy task. It is not simply a matter of defeating an evil and particularly brutal fighting force, because the "Islamic State" is where a multiplicity of the Middle East's most deep-seated problems have come home to...
  • 22nd August 2014
    By
    Nawzat Shamdeen, Mosul
    Extremists are forcing Mosul's women to wear full facial veils Mosul was always a conservative city when it came to women’s rights. However the Sunni Muslim extremists who took control of the town have made it even more difficult for females. Women must now wear facial veils and gloves and...

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