Provincial elections in Iraq could be delayed until April next year

Karwan Salhi- Kirkuk As the Iraqi parliament is deliberating amendments in the provincial councils’ elections law to pave the way for holding provincial elections in November 2019 as proposed by the country’s top electoral body, there have been attempts by Iraqi government to delay the process until April 2020. Almas Fazil, an Iraqi MP and […]

Armenia Marsis: An Endless passion for art

Karwan Salhi- Kirkuk The Armenian community in Iraq has played an important role in Iraqi culture, particularly in literature and music and in general all arts. Armenia Marsis can be considered a fresh example of this cultural contribution. This Armenian girl, who lives in the multi-ethnic city of Kirkuk, could be described as a self-confident […]

Ezidi women survivors fight their way out of despair
In Photos: Three Ezidi girls run a bakery in a Duhok IDP camp

Ammar Aziz- Duhok Sabriya, Khawla and Rayhan are three Ezidi survivors from the Ninewa’s predominantly Ezidi town of Shingal (Sinjar). After the Islamic State (IS) group controlled their hometown, they were forced to flee and sought refuge with their families in Sharya IDP camp located in the environs of Duhok. These girls refused to give […]

A displaced Ezidi girl took her own life at IDP camp in Duhok

KirkukNow- Duhok An Ezidi girl committed suicide after a quarrel with her family in one of the IDP camps set up in Kurdistan Region’s Duhok province; meanwhile, IDP camp management officials warn of an increase in suicide cases.  The incident took place at around 7 p.m. on Saturday, February 2, when 20-year-old Ayshan Ali Salih […]

KRG PM Nechirvan Barzani: We will work to turn Shingal district into a province.

KirkukNow The PM of the Kurdistan regional government (KRG) Nechirvan Barzani has said that “the KRG will work to turn Shingal (Sinjar) district into an independent province within the Kurdistan Region”, emphasizing that they will “enhance cooperation with the Iraqi federal government to rebuild Shingal.” Barzani’s comments came at a special ceremony held for the […]

Enduring life under worn-out tents
550 displaced families in Kirkuk’s Yahyawa camp unable to return home

Ahmed Qasim- Kirkuk A total of 550 displaced families sheltered in Yahyawa IDP camp in eastern Kirkuk are still unable to return to their homes in Ninewa province despite that their areas have been retaken from Islamic State (IS) militants since August 2017. The families fled Tala’far, Ninewa’s largest district, as IS swept into the […]

Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces withdraw from Shingal villages

Ammar Aziz- Ninewa The Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), a paramilitary group backed by the Iraqi government withdrew from some areas in Ninewa province, including Shingal (Sinjar) and have been replaced by Iraqi army units. According to security sources, the move has been ordered by the Iraqi government. “In the past few days, PMF troops pulled […]

Dozens of mass graves in Shingal await start of exhumation

Ammar Aziz- Ninewa Despite the lengthy process of follow-up and preparations, dozens of Islamic State (IS)-era mass graves found in Ninawa’s Ezidi district of Shingal (Sinjar) have not been unearthed yet. The delay of the exhumation process is at a time relatives of Ezidi victims are losing patience, demanding the speeding up of the procedures […]

Counter-terrorism units pulled out of Kirkuk
A special army brigade to undertake security duties

KirkukNow – Kirkuk A special force has replaced counter-terrorism units in the multi-ethnic province of Kirkuk at the direct order of Iraqi PM Adil Abdul-Mahdi. The 61st Brigade from the office of the Iraqi council of ministers’ special squad has been stationed at the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) headquarters in Shoraw north of Kirkuk city. […]

Disappointed by lack of essential services in their hometowns, Ezidis choose life in displacement

Ammar Aziz- Duhok After four years of displacement, Khidir Murad’s family left Sheikhan district and returned to their home in Sinune, Shingal (Sinjar), seeking a better life than the one they had to endure in IDP camps, however that never happened. In mid-2018 Khidir, his wife and his five children, carrying small packs but much […]

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