Omar Sattar


Protesters hold portraits of Iraqi journalist Afrah Shawqi, who was abducted from her home in a southern neighborhood of the Iraqi capital, during a demonstration calling for her release in Baghdad, Dec. 30, 2016. (photo by SABAH ARAR/AFP/Getty Images)

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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.

Iraq's firebrand Shiite cleric presents his political successor

Thursday, May. 4, 2017 | Omar Sattar, Contributor

Muqtada al-Sadr has appointed his nephew to oversee all the political activities of the Sadrist movement, while he turns his attention entirely to its religious aspects.

Could Kurds hold independence referendum this year?

Monday, Apr. 10, 2017 | Omar Sattar, Contributor

The Kurdistan Democratic Party is rushing to organize an independence referendum; however, there is no agreement on this matter among other Kurdish parties, and Baghdad, Iran and Turkey have strong reservations.

Washington sees Iraq as front for Iran pushback

Sunday, Apr. 9, 2017 | Omar Sattar, Contributor

Prime Minister Hader al-Abadi is facing a very problematic challenge as the United States wants to use Iraq as a place to confront Iran.

Iraq’s Sunnis eye post-IS future under regional cover

Wednesday, Mar. 22, 2017 | Omar Sattar, Contributor

Under Arab and international sponsorship, Iraq’s Sunni leaders recently attended a conference in Turkey to discuss the future of Sunnis in post-IS Iraq, with the conference sparking Shiite outrage and dissent among other Sunni officials opposed to the Turkish role in Iraq.

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Omar Sattar is an Iraqi journalist and author specializing in political affairs. He has worked for local and Arab media outlets and holds a bachelor’s degree in political science.

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