How Iraqis view Iran’s influence in their country

Thursday, Apr. 27, 2017 | Ali Mamouri, Columnist

Iranian statements on the role of Iraqi armed groups in protecting Iranian national interests are a violation of Iraq’s national sovereignty, Iraqi officials say.

Sunnis fear spread of Shiite influence in Samarra

Wednesday, Apr. 26, 2017 | Wassim Bassem, Contributor

Residents and political representatives in the predominantly Sunni city of Samarra take issue with what they see as increased Shiite influence in the city.

Will Iraqi government-PMU disputes spiral into armed clashes?

Tuesday, Apr. 25, 2017 | Hamdi Malik, Contributor

With the Islamic State nearly defeated in Iraqi cities, disputes between PMU-affiliated Shiite factions and the Iraqi government have surfaced, threatening future military clashes between them.

Complex deal frees kidnapped Qatari royals, two Saudis

Monday, Apr. 24, 2017 | Wassim Bassem, Contributor

Various versions of a recent hostage deal are circulating that include, potentially, political motivations, millions of dollars in ransom, exchanged military prisoners and relocated civilians.

Chemical attacks and narrow streets complicate fight for Mosul’s Old City

Sunday, Apr. 23, 2017 | Shelly Kittleson, Contributor

The fight against the Islamic State in western Mosul has reached the level of door-to-door fighting, with many challenges and dangers regarding the safety of civilians and the use of chemical weapons by IS.

Why is Khulafa Mosque's minaret on verge of collapse?

Friday, Apr. 21, 2017 | Adnan Abu Zeed , Contributor

The minaret of the historic Khulafa Mosque in Baghdad is on the verge of collapse, which may spark sectarian tension in the city.

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