Blog archive: Iraq

  • 8th August 2014
    By
    Mustafa Habib
    The article below is re-posted from the Niqash website by Mustafa Habib, Baghdad  Just a few days before the deadline for Iraq to form its new government, around 70 civil society activists met in Baghdad. They announced an initiative – the first of its kind – that will oppose...
  • 18th July 2014
    By
    Khales Joumah
    Local tribes on the way to pledge allegiance to Sunni Muslim extremist group, the Islamic State After the reclusive leader of the Sunni Muslim extremist group that took over Mosul made an appearance at the city’s famous mosque, many of the extremists are boasting that Mosul is to be the...
  • 11th July 2014
    By
    Anonymous Iraqi
    In the article below, a local journalist explains why streets in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul are so quiet, what’s worrying his family and friends there the most, and how he himself managed to get out of Mosul and into Iraqi Kurdistan. The article is re-posted here from the Niqash ...
  • 7th March 2014
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    "Do you know who I am?" That's a question that officials everywhere in the Arab countries dread hearing. If they don't know the answer they had better find out pronto – otherwise they will be in trouble. Privilege, nepotism, corruption ... whatever you call it, it's bad news. It's also one of...
  • 25th July 2013
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    August is still a week away but July has already become the bloodiest month in Iraq so far this year. Yesterday brought at least14 more deaths to add to the toll, including nine officers killed when insurgents attacked a police station near Mosul. Meanwhile, the mass breakout from...
  • 29th May 2013
    By
    Brian Whitaker
      The boundaries of today's Arab states are mostly the historical result of foreign rivalries. The lines that external powers drew on the maps often took little cognisance of ethnic or tribal identities and, ever since independence, Arabs have been grappling with the consequences. Over...
  • 14th April 2013
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    To mark the tenth anniversary of the Iraq war, I am re-posting diary entries that I wrote at the time for the Guardian's website...      American tanks and troops entered the main square of Tikrit early this morning. As Tikrit...
  • 13th April 2013
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    To mark the tenth anniversary of the Iraq war, I am re-posting diary entries that I wrote at the time for the Guardian's website...      An Iraqi general who was in charge of liaison with United Nations weapons inspectors...
  • 12th April 2013
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    To mark the tenth anniversary of the Iraq war, I am re-posting diary entries that I wrote at the time for the Guardian's website...      On one of the bleakest days since the invasion began, US defence secretary Donald Rumsfeld...
  • 11th April 2013
    By
    Brian Whitakerww
    To mark the tenth anniversary of the Iraq war, I am re-posting diary entries that I wrote at the time for the Guardian's website...    Following 24 hours of victory celebrations in Baghdad, there are fears today that the war, far from...
  • 10th April 2013
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    To mark the tenth anniversary of the Iraq war, I am re-posting diary entries that I wrote at the time for the Guardian's website...    Someone produced a sledgehammer, and Iraqis took it in turns to hack at the base of the giant statue of...
  • 9th April 2013
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    To mark the tenth anniversary of the Iraq war, I am re-posting diary entries that I wrote at the time for the Guardian's website...    Chaos and jubilation broke out in Baghdad this morning amid signs that Saddam Hussein's regime has lost...

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