Omar al-Jaffal


Ahmad Wahid, an Iraqi stand-up comedian, is seen in an undated picture.  (photo by Omar al-Jaffal)

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Iraqi comedian gets political

Friday, May. 26, 2017 | Omar al-Jaffal, Contributor

By mocking outdated customs or mimicking politicians in Iraq, Ahmad Wahid is entering uncharted territories with his stand-up comedy.

Iraqi activists, journalists terrorized by armed groups

Wednesday, May. 17, 2017 | Omar al-Jaffal, Contributor

The kidnapping of a number of activists and journalists in Baghdad has members of Iraq's civil society worrying about their livelihood.

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.

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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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