A battle has begun in Iraq for control of the city of Tikrit: Saddam Hussein’s hometown. ISIS has held it since June last year, and now government forces are trying to take it back. But there are concerns that Shiite militias might seek vengeance for ISIS atrocities.
She's seen warfare. Been kidnapped. Interviewed victims of rape and helped an Afghan woman in labor get to a hospital. Photographed a dying boy with her own son growing inside her womb. She tells the stories behind these photographs.
Baghdad ended its decade-long curfew on Saturday. The curfew was implemented during the 2003 US-led invasion, requiring residents to remain indoors between midnight and 5 am. The violence in the capital city hasn't ended, but lifting the curfew was met with celebration.
While many in Iraq's north are happy that the Kurdish militias are taking territory back from ISIS, Iraq's Arabs in the north are also afraid about what it will mean for them. Some Kurdish Peshmerga fighters these days are declaring an end to cooperation with Arabs.
ISIS is dominating the headlines, but how much do we really know about the brutal terrorist group? How did ISIS become a major force so quickly? You may be shocked to learn that their startling rise to power may be followed by a relatively quick fall from grace.
Refugees pouring into the makeshift camps in northern Iraq will soon face yet another disaster: winter. Temperatures are expected to fall below zero as winter approaches, and aid agencies are unable to cope with the massive number of needy Iraqis trying to escape ISIS.
Sectarian discord in Iraq is mounting, and new prime minister Haider al-Abadi must convince Sunnis, Shiites and Kurds to keep working together in a united Iraq. He's Iraq's best hope, but even a change in leadership may not be enough.
Nadhim Zahawi is a Kurd born in Iraq, but he represents Stratford-on-Avon in the British Parliament. He recently returned home to northern Iraq to see what the British government could do to help in the current crisis.
Nahida Ahmed Rashid began her military career years ago, fighting for the Kurdish separatist cause. Now she's the highest-ranking woman in the Kurdish peshmerga and squaring off with her troops against Islamic militants who've taken northern Iraq by storm.
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