Iraqis point fingers over spurt of kidnappings
Thursday, May. 11, 2017 | Wassim Bassem, Contributor
Sunni and Shiite officials trade accusations over recent forced disappearances of Iraqi civilians, which has fueled more sectarian strife in the country.
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.
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.
So many Iraqi airports, so few planes
Thursday, Apr. 20, 2017 | Wassim Bassem, Contributor
Iraq doesn't need more airports, but that's not stopping local governments from trying to build them.