Wine in times of ISIS

Salahadin, June 2018, youths buy alcohol in the shop of Ashur’s father. Photo: KirkukNow

Karwan Salhi – Shargat Not so long ago, Muhammad Badri used to search every corner and alley seeking Ashur’s father. To relieve some of his concerns, he wanted to use the help of some liquor, and it could only be done through Ashur’s father. Longer ago, he had to pass 125km to reach Tikrit for […]

The last vase that was not finished

Kirkuk, June 2018, The unfinished vase of Jamal Gozachi, as his son and he died before completing it in Daquq. Photo: Muhammad Almas

Muhammad Almas – Kirkuk Jamal Gozachi, 72, realised his final wish when he died while making his last vase. The story goes with his father dying similarly, in his workshop while making his last vase. Jamal Zain-al-Din Kakaiyi, known as Jamal Gozachi (the potter), was famous in Kirkuk, especially Daquq district, when he died late […]

Majority support federal court decision to amend election bill

Kirkuk, 21 June 2018, Federal Court hearing concerning the amendment of election law in parliament. Photo: Federal Court.

  KirkukNow The vast majority of political parties in Iraq and the Kurdistan region welcomed the federal court decision on the election amendment bill, waiting for the manual recount to resolve the case once and for all. The court approved all the sections of the bill amendment on Thursday, except the third section which deems […]

Dogs are hunted in Kirkuk
More than 3,000 dogs were killed in 18 months

Kirkuk, June 2018, The municipality workers pick up the bodies of “stray dogs”. Photo: Municipality Communication

Karwan Salhi – Kirkuk A campaign to eradicate stray dogs was launched 18 months ago in the Kirkuk city, and more than three thousand dogs have been killed since then. The campaign, which caused discontent among some people, is an ordinary endeavour for the authorities, conducted through their legal remit. They believe it benefits the […]

Story of shootout that killed grandmother

Halawa Nasradin, 65 years old, with his oldest son, Jumaa Abdulkarim. Photo: KirkukNow exclusive

Soran Muhammad – KirkukNow Nazdar could hardly grasp the moment when a heavy machine gun bullet (DShK) smashed the windscreen of the car, whizzed around her head. She turned her head to the back seat amid the scream of her husband and cry of her children. “When I turned back, my mother’s brain was all […]

PUK and KDP to lose seats in Ninewa and Kirkuk

Kirkuk, 10 May 2018, The special voting process in the Iraqi parliamentary election. Photo: KirkukNow

  KirkukNow Both Patriotic Union of Kurdistan [PUK] and the Kurdistan Democratic Party [KDP] can be found as major losers in Iraq as the third revision of parliamentary election law was approved, by losing many seats in parliament. Iraqi parliament approved the third amendment of the parliamentary election law on 6 June, which dictates the […]

Feast into Mourning
Bomb leaves family heartbroken in Kirkuk

Kirkuk, 2017, Mayada Hamid and his friends on their senior day at the university. Photo: Mayada’s account on Facebook

  Karwan Salhi – KirkukNow Mayada and Ahlam are the same age, though one is the aunt of the other. They laugh together while preparing food in the house of the grandfather. Mayada has always loved that dish, as they prepare the table, some pray and await the evening prayer call so that they can […]

Iraq’s thirst for water is not only due Turkey and Iran

Ninewa, 2017, Mosul Dam is the fourth largest in the Middle East, now it needs renovation. Photo: Sina Muhammad, Metrography Agency

Yassen Taha From one crisis to another, Iraqis once again go through a rough patch. Only months after announcing the final victory over the Islamic State (ISIS), conducted in massive battles with heavy prices regarding casualties and finance, the cities on the Tigris riverbank are shocked to see the decreased level of the water. The […]

Election brought surprises and complications

Baghdad, 12 May 2018, a woman shows her ink-stained index finger before Iraqi national flag after having cast her vote. Photo: AFP

Sirwan Hussein – KirkukNow   The parliamentary election in Iraq turned to dispute most of the expectations. It prevented the political blocs from winning the majority of seats, increased Shia votes on the expense of Sunnis and turned the Kurds back to eight years ago. According to the election results of 12 May, no political […]

Two options emerge for majority government in Iraq

Nuri al-Maliki, Hadi al-Amri, Ammar al-Hakim, Muqtada al-Sadr, Haidar al-Abadi

  Yassen Taha The parliamentary election in Iraq ended with disarray and exchange of tirade, due to the claims of fraud and rigging the results. However, such developments did not prevent the winning parties to communicate and start negotiating secretly to form a government. Bilateral and multilateral meetings in Baghdad’s green zone and the Kurdistan […]

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