Yalla Meets Frankenstein In Baghdad Author Ahmed Saadawi

Ahmed Saadawi arrives for our interview at Quhwa Wakitaab (Coffee & Books Café), apologising for being late, explaining that everyone wants a piece of him before he flies to London. Saadawi’s Frankenstein In Baghdad is shortlisted for the International Man Booker, and the prize giving ceremony is just five days away. Since winning the 2014 …

The Personal Status Law: Fate Of Children Will Pray On Lawmakers’ Consciences

The Iraqi government’s Council of Representatives are set to approve a draft to a 1959 familial law, a move which is stirring sectarian divisions and the fury of activists in the country. Foremost in protests against the Personal Status Law – versions of which have been voted on several times in recent years – is …

Earthquake On Iran Iraq Border: “200 Dead” In Iran

Search and rescue operations are underway either side of the Iran – Iraq border after a 7.3 magnitude earthquake hit the region last night, at around 2130 local time. An official from Iraq’s meteorological department placed the epicentre in the Sulaymaniyah province town of Penjwin, on the border with Iran, and just 23.2 km below …

A Closed Kurdistan Region Of Iraq Border Could Cost Iran $6 Billion

The Islamic Republic of Iran’s exports into the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI) – through four official border gates and three unofficial ones – is estimated at $6 billion annually. Following the KRI’s independence referendum, the federal government of Iraq has escalated efforts to exert control over those borders. On October 2nd, at the behest …

Iraqi Kurds Vote To Support Independence.

Millions of Iraq’s Kurds went to the polls yesterday, voting in a referendum to kick start the region’s bid for nationhood. The controversial plebiscite was announced by The High Referendum Council 7 June this year. Watching the scramble to delay or cancel the vote in the last week or two, Baghdad, neighbours Iran, Syria and …

Tal Afar Operations Get Underway. Abadi Warns ISIL: Surrender Or Die

Iraqi Security Forces have confirmed that they broke ISIL’s first lines of defence hours after Iraq’s Prime Minister and Commander in Chief gave the go ahead for the operation to liberate Tal Afar from the ISIL. In a speech yesterday morning, announcing the start of operations, Abadi said: “The people of Iraq will achieve another …

After Mosul – The Vital Importance Of Iraq’s Counter Terrorism Service

Eventually ISIL was defeated in Mosul by a wide coalition of forces, but one group in particular can claim to have been the driving force in clearing the city. The black uniformed men of Iraq’s elite Counter Terrorism Service (ICTS) led the attack on, and the defeat of, the extremists. “They look like us. They …

Iraqi Kurdish Minister In Iran To Discuss Water Security

The KRG’s Minister of Agriculture and Water Resources is in Iran to discuss the massively diminished flow of the Lower Zab river into Iraq’s Kurdistan region. When construction of a dam on the river began, upstream in Iran, Abdulsatar Majeed used his Facebook page to promise that he would visit Iran to resolve the issue. …

In Rebuilding Mosul, The People Come First.

A multi-NGO meeting, chaired by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Iraq (OCHA), has reported on the immediate challenges facing Mosul’s citizens in the weeks and months ahead. 13 international and local non-governmental agencies contributed to the report, which unsurprisingly concludes that there are unmet needs concerning food, water and …

Iraqi Leaders: Take Pride In Our Victory & Unity, Prepare To Rebuild

Moments after Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced the liberation of Mosul complete, Iraqis from across the country took to the streets. “Prime Minister Abadi has declared Tuesday July 11 an official holiday, in celebration of the great victory over ISIL and the liberation of the city of Mosul,” said a statement from Iraq’s Council of …