Iraq

Fighters from the Saraya Salam (Peace Brigades) loyal to influential Shia Iraqi cleric Muqtada al-Sadr deploy in Baghdad, Iraq, Aug. 30, 2022.

Instability in Iraq has created a ‘culture of fear,’ experts say

This week, the announcement of the resignation of a powerful cleric in Iraq sparked deadly clashes in the capital, Baghdad. On Monday, Moqtada al-Sadr said he is stepping away from politics. In response, his supporters stormed the Green Zone. 

Instability in Iraq has created a ‘culture of fear,’ experts say
man in a helicopter

How wars end: Revisiting our series about one of the most difficult aspects of war

How wars end: Revisiting our series about one of the most difficult aspects of war
Iraqi protesters breach Baghdad's parliament in Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, July 27, 2022. 

Iraqi protesters loyal to Sadr storm Parliament building to send message to political rivals, analyst says

Iraqi protesters loyal to Sadr storm Parliament building to send message to political rivals, analyst says
Fishermen navigate on the Shatt al-Arab waterway during a sandstorm in Basra, Iraq, Monday, May 23, 2022.

'It's a mass ecological crisis': Extreme weather in Iraq hits those already struggling the hardest

'It's a mass ecological crisis': Extreme weather in Iraq hits those already struggling the hardest
Iraqi army helicopter takes off at a base in Sinjar, Iraq, Tuesday, May 3, 2022. 

Iraq's Yazidis stuck in 'tug-of-war' between regional armed groups

Iraq's Yazidis stuck in 'tug-of-war' between regional armed groups
A Kurdish security officer escorts Alexanda Kotey, left, and El Shafee Elsheikh

Former ISIS member is found guilty in US federal court

El Shafee Elsheikh, a former British citizen accused of taking part in a brutal ISIS hostage-taking scheme, has been convicted in a federal court in Virginia of assisting in the kidnapping and deaths of four Americans between 2012 and 2015.

Former ISIS member is found guilty in US federal court
A convoy of Iraqi soldiers drive near Lheiban, in central Iraq.

A weakened ISIS persists in central Iraq

Gone are the powerful days of ISIS in Iraq. Now, motley gangs of ISIS militants continue to launch hit-and-run attacks — sporadically targeting infrastructure and killing and intimidating security forces and vulnerable citizens.

A weakened ISIS persists in central Iraq
Students gather to take a group picture during the library repat the University of Mosul in front of the theatre on Feb. 19, 2022.

After years of conflict and rebuilding, Mosul University's Central Library marks new beginning  

The library’s reopening on Feb. 19 represents a significant milestone in the return of arts and literature to a city whose culture became a target of the militants. 

After years of conflict and rebuilding, Mosul University's Central Library marks new beginning  
Samira Abbas, whose activist son Ehab al-Wazni was assassinated in May, attends a demonstration in Karbala on Nov. 18, 2021, with other women protesting the impunity Iraqi activists face.

Iraqi mothers risk it all to bring justice for their slain activist sons

Since the murder of a prominent activist in the Iraqi city of Karbala, his mother has become the public face of a youth-led protest movement. She is inspiring a new movement of mothers in the country seeking justice and demanding change. 

Iraqi mothers risk it all to bring justice for their slain activist sons
Yazidi women at a snowy refugee camps

‘Strangers in their own land’: Iraqi Yazidis and their plight, 7 years on from genocide

In 2019, a scholar visited Iraqi Kurdistan, where Yazidis have been resettled. He explains their religious beliefs and their current conditions.

‘Strangers in their own land’: Iraqi Yazidis and their plight, 7 years on from genocide
Yadgar Hussein recounts her perilous journey through Eastern Europe in her living room in Erbil after being deported from Poland, Nov. 24, 2021.

‘I had no life left here’: Iraqi Kurds are at the center of the migration crisis in Europe

Iraqi Kurds fleeing the semi-autonomous region in northern Iraq have made harrowing journeys to Western Europe. Now, many are being flown back to northern Iraq, often with little to restart their lives.

‘I had no life left here’: Iraqi Kurds are at the center of the migration crisis in Europe
President Joe Biden waves towards the White House balcony in Washington

US, Canada and Mexico to hold talks at the White House

The US, Canada and Mexico are holding trilateral talks today in Washington. Also, volunteers who helped in search-and-rescue operations for migrants at sea are on trial in Greece. And, Iraq has flown home hundreds of its citizens who were camped out at the Belarus-Poland border.

US, Canada and Mexico to hold talks at the White House
Iraqi Security forces close the heavily fortified Green Zone as they tightened security measures hours after the assassination attempt on the prime minister in Baghdad, Iraq, Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021. 

Drone attack on Iraq’s prime minister raises concerns of more violence

On Sunday, three drones laden with explosives targeted the home of Iraq’s prime minister. He survived unscathed, but the brazen attack has raised concerns about an escalation in violence.

Drone attack on Iraq’s prime minister raises concerns of more violence
Passengers wait to board a plane for New York at the Charles de Gaulle airport, north of Paris

US opens borders to fully vaccinated travelers from a list of countries

The US eases restrictions for fully vaccinated travelers from some countries. Also, Nicaragua's preliminary election results put President Daniel Ortega in the lead by a wide margin, with much of the opposition jailed ahead of the vote. And, Iraq's prime minister survives a drone assassination attempt.

US opens borders to fully vaccinated travelers from a list of countries
Former Secretary of State Colin Powell gestures during a lecture about business management and leadership in Madrid, Spain

In the post-Cold War era, Colin Powell became the most 'popular and influential' US military leader, biographer says

Jeffrey Matthews has looked carefully at Powell's role on the world stage. He's the author of "Colin Powell: Imperfect Patriot." He joined The World's host Marco Werman to discuss Powell's life and military and career.

In the post-Cold War era, Colin Powell became the most 'popular and influential' US military leader, biographer says