Mosul is key

Ninawa-Gayara, October 2016, a resident of Gayara is gazing at the oil wells of the town which ISIS set them ablaze while leaving. Photo: Fazil Hawrami

Sangar Rasul* The fall of Mosul was not only due to the Islamic State (ISIS) raid but also inappropriate governance and injustice. Looking at the phase of pre-ISIS, and taking the real estate sector as an example, we see that encroaching on public lands was common. The masterplan of Mosul, devised in 1973, was neither […]

Ezidis are discontent
Tens of Arab families return to Sinjar

Khazir camp, 13 December 2016, Mosul refugees in Khazir camp. Photo: Reuters

Muhannad Sinjari – Ninawa The return of tens of Arab families to Sinjar (also called Shangal) under the supervision of the Iraqi army, without any coordination with the local administration, caused discontent among Ezidis. On 28 August, around 100 Arab-ethnic families were returned to Kulat village, Snune town in Sinjar district, under the direct supervision […]

Election: From monitoring to transparency

Kirkuk, 18 August 2018, a workshop on the election process. Photo: Karwan Salhi

Karwan Salhi – Kirkuk Political, religious figures and activists held a discussion concerning the process of monitoring the election process and transparency, forming a number of recommendations to raise awareness among people about elections, the role of the political parties and NGOs in the process. The recommendations came after a day of discussion, as part […]

After two months of investigation
Case of Halawa’s death leads nowhere

Halawa Nasradin, 65, with her oldest son, Jumaa Abdulkarim. Photo: KirkukNow exclusive

Soran Muhammad – Kirkuk After two months of investigation by a committee formed by the Iraqi government, the murder case of Halawa Nasradin, 65, and wounding of three others have no results. On 13 June, an Anti-terrorism unit was attacked in Shoraw, Kirkuk, with grenades. The group opened fire. The shootout resulted in killing Halawa […]

Acting governor calls for closing 150 NGOs in Kirkuk

Kirkuk, 2017, A child is carrying drinking water in a refugee camp of Lailan, east of Kirkuk. Photo: KirkukNow

Karwan Salhi – KirkukNow The acting governor of Kirkuk, Rakan Saeed, called on the federal police and Anti-terrorism forces to close down 150 NGOs registered in the Kurdistan region in Kirkuk, based on a decree of the Ministers Council and the law of the NGOs in Iraq. The decision was issued based on the NGO […]

100 families resume business on Kirkuk-Erbil road

Kirkuk, 27 August 2018, Hamaamin Ibrahim with his nine year-old son visits his recently opened shop, closed previously due to the confrontation between peshmerga and federal forces on 16 October 2017. Photo: Karwan Salhi

Karwan Salhi – Kirkuk His items were all broken due to the fires of the confrontation last year, but Hamaamin enters his shop on the Kirkuk-Erbil road, “Now the business is booming here and I have to resume my work in the shop,” he said. He closed down his shop for 10 months, like many […]

Transportation goes ‘smoothly’ on newly-opened Kirkuk-Erbil road

Kirkuk, August 2018, the reopening of Kirkuk-Erbil road after ten months of closure. Photo: KirkukNow

Soran Muhamad – Kirkuk People make four stops on a 90km road between Erbil and Kirkuk, with each checkpoint conducting its questioning and background check. They still do not complain, believing the treatment of checkpoints are fair and legal. Himdad Ahmed, a civilian who reached Kirkuk from Erbil, considered the federal police checkpoint as “normal” […]

PM al-Abadi dissolved PMF decree to withdraw from Ninawa

Mosul, 22 February 2017, the operation of the Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF) against the Islamic State (ISIS) in the west of Ninawa. Photo courtesy of the PMF media

Ninawa – KirkukNow The commander-in-chief of Iraq decided to dissolve two decrees previously issued by the management of the Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF) concerning their withdrawal in Ninawa and some other areas. The management of PMF decided to redeploy and withdraw from some areas inside Ninawa, one year after its liberation. A decree from al-Abbadi, […]

Multiple explosions, wounds in Eid al-Adha in Kirkuk

Kirkuk, July 2017, one of the traditional markets of the city. Photo: Bnar Sardar

Kirkuk-KirkukNow Multiple explosions occurred during the four days of Eid al-Adha in Kirkuk (21-24 August) wounding a number of civilians and the security forces. On the eve of the first day of the Eid, a planted bomb targeted a convoy of federal police near the Airport Highway in Rashad township, wounding three officers, a security […]

Kurds in the “disputed territories”
Self-deprecating and shirking responsibility

Kirkuk, August 2017, The main street of the city seen from the historical Kirkuk Citadel. Photo: Bnar Sardar

Salam Omer* Kurdish politicians are no stranger to the parable: Our friends are those who make us cry! A Turkmen friend came up with a crystal clear suggestion, though might not make you cry, and gives you an opportunity to resolve the pending issues. With an Eid message, he sent a couple of pragmatic and […]

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