Logo

Iraq

Between Two Rivers, Between Two Myths

The Myths of Mesopotamia

In reality, Iraq was created the way all modern states are created: through a messy, protracted confluence of violent conflict, local preferences, external pressures, political skullduggery and cultural mythmaking. In that respect, it is no more fake and no more real than any other nation.

A Deadly Showdown in Iraq — with Rasha Al Aqeedi

A Deadly Showdown in Iraq — with Rasha Al Aqeedi

After fighting broke out in Baghdad, New Lines’ Rasha Al Aqeedi joins Faisal Al Yafai to talk about Iraq’s ongoing political crisis and what this latest escalation may mean for the country’s future.

The Trouble With Muqtada al-Sadr

The Trouble With Muqtada al-Sadr

So what’s next for Sadr? He again feels abandoned by allies and encircled by powerful parties and nations. But he has time on his side, he is younger than the other political leaders and his grassroots support gives him political longevity. His disagreements with Iran have gained him some grudging domestic and international support, but he does not intend to be used as a pawn in that geopolitical struggle.

Desertification in an Iraqi Bread Basket

Desertification in an Iraqi Bread Basket

The Basra region has been the bread basket of Iraq. But because of salinization of lands, decrease of water flow into rivers due to upstream damming, climate change and pollution, farmers are increasingly unable to farm. People dependent on fish and buffaloes in the marshlands are in competition for food.

Mosul’s Walls Tell a Story of Brutality and Recovery

Mosul’s Walls Tell a Story of Brutality and Recovery

Walls get painted, crumble or are rebuilt. Some of the graffiti disappeared a few months after I photographed them. From this point, I have made a resolution to document Mosul’s walls and what stones may speak on behalf of their inhabitants.

Iraq’s ‘Other’ Minorities Still Endangered

Iraq’s ‘Other’ Minorities Still Endangered

The need for direct support in order for Yazidis and Assyrians to survive has never been greater, yet the prospect has never seemed more remote.

In Mosul, There’s a New War Against Mines

In Mosul, There’s a New War Against Mines

More than four years on, the Islamic State group has been forced from Mosul and no longer occupies towns or cities anywhere in Iraq or Syria. But its brutal legacy remains, under mounds of rubble, in ruined homes and fields.