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 …

Abadi Winds Up Gulf Tour In Kuwait

Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi brought the curtain down on his three day diplomatic tour of Iraq’s neighbours yesterday, meeting with Emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Jabir Al-Sabah and his Kuwaiti counterpart Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah.  Initial statements from both sides were extremely positive, just as they have been from Iran and Saudi Arabia. What …

al-Nuri Mosque & al-Habda Minaret Destroyed.

It was inevitable. That it has occurred so quickly has shocked us. And, in our hearts, we hoped this wouldn’t happen. But ISIL realised our worst fears: The Baghdad government has announced that ISIL destroyed al-Nouri mosque and the historical al-Habda Minaret in west Mosul late Wednesday. Officials stated in a press release: “As Counter …

Joy of Iraq’s Orphans – A Humanitarian Project From Maysan to Mosul

Baghdad – Yalla It took Haidar Al-Alewi and a group of young men from Amarah (in southeastern Iraq’s Maysan province) 4 hours to travel the 372 kilometers to meet 25 orphans from Sadr City in Baghdad, as part of the humanitarian project he calls Joy of Iraq’s Orphans. Haider wants to expand JOIO to cover …

Clitoris Eaters

Abdulla Barzinji – Erbil It has always been difficult and shameful for me to speak about my genitals, and what my parents did that made me hate them. Despite all the psychological issues that I live with, I feel that it’s better to speak out, and no longer remain silent. What you are reading isn’t …

Journalist Kidnapped In Baghdad By Bogus Intelligence Officials

  At 10 pm Monday, journalist Afrah Shawqi was abducted by a group of masked men who had broken into her house in the south west of Baghdad. The assailants, wearing civilian clothes, held the journalist’s sons as captives, assaulted her brother, then robbed her house and took her to an unknown location. This morning …

90 Money Exchanges Accused Of Funding ISIL Across Iraq

  In the wake of the imposition of sanctions by the US Treasury on two Iraqi and Syrian money service businesses for helping ISIL move money, Yalla has learned from high ranking Iraqi official, that up to 90 Iraqi firms stand accused of doing business with the extremist organisation. Based on a decision made by …

Ending the Legend of ISIS Snipers

Erbil – Dawood Al Ali After two weeks of fear, patience and, at times, humor, Iraqi Army sniper Sajad Al-Sakir and Kurdish Peshmerga sniper Ali Rash managed to take out two ISIL snipers in the districts of Bashiqa, north of Mosul, and Qadisiya, in the east. The story of Sakir and Rash is one that …

The Green Zone: Storming Parliament, Protesting In Great Celebrations Square

Minutes after a speech from Sadrist movement leader Muqtada al-Sadr, hundreds of his supporters stormed parliament after tearing down concrete security walls.   “We entered the parliament and destroyed its reputation in front of the world because they are thieves and we ought to do this to them,” Hussein Jasim, one of the demonstrators told …

Turkey Imposes New Visa Requirements on Iraq

Iraqis had been able to travel to Turkey without any visa. The Turkish government has tightened rules regarding the issuing of visas to Iraqi citizens. Previously Iraqis arriving by air were given visas on arrival in the country, making it a favourite destination for tourism. However air travellers are now obliged to have a visa …