Omar al-Jaffal

Mourners pray during a Feb. 17, 2017, funeral in Najaf, Iraq, for victims who were killed when a car packed with explosives blew up the day before. (photo by REUTERS / Alaa Al-Marjani)

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Will massive trench keep Iraqi holy cities safe from terror?

Monday, Mar. 6, 2017 | Omar al-Jaffal, Contributor

The holy cities of Najaf and Karbala are digging trenches around the cities to stop terrorists from coming in and launching attacks.

Iran chooses Quds Force stalwart for new ambassador to Iraq

Monday, Feb. 13, 2017 | Omar al-Jaffal, Contributor

Iran has appointed a senior Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps official and Quds Force adviser to be its new ambassador in Iraq, raising concerns that Iran plans to strengthen Iraq's Shiite militias in the post-Islamic State era.

Iraqi teachers unsafe in own classrooms

Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017 | Omar al-Jaffal, Contributor

The Iraqi prime minister has called on the security forces to protect schoolteachers from attacks by their students while the parliament considers penalizing crimes against educators.

Can public outcry in southern Iraq end Maliki’s political ambitions?

Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017 | Omar al-Jaffal, Contributor

Nouri al-Maliki, the former prime minister who now is one of Iraq’s vice presidents, was faced with demonstrations staged by angry residents of the three southern provinces he was visiting as part of an early effort to increase his chances of returning to power in local and parliamentary elections slated for 2018.

Can Iraq's parliament regulate the country's tribes?

Friday, Dec. 16, 2016 | Omar al-Jaffal, Contributor

The Iraqi parliament has discussed the proposal of the law on the Council of Tribes and Clans, which will be voted on in early 2017.

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Omar al-Jaffal is an Iraqi writer and poet. He is an editor of Bayt and Nathr, two intellectual magazines that are published in Iraq. He is also the chief editor of Al-Aalam al-Jadid, an electronic newspaper.

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