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Jazz in the Time of War in Iraq

High notes and low notes at Sulaimania’s first and only jazz BISTRO By Tanya Goudsouzian and Lara Fatah The only way to describe the opening of Uptown Jazz in the Iraqi Kurdish city of Sulaimania last September, is to call it an act of rebellion. In a country where the typical live music cafés feature Middle

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The Kurdish Gun Fixer Taking Aim at Daesh

KORRE, Iraq, Nov 7 – In Iraqi Kurdistan he is simply known as Uasta – “the fixer”. For the past 30 years, Mohammed Fadil has been turning hardened steel salvaged from car suspensions into delicate firing pins and other weapon parts to repair the guns used by Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga forces against their many enemies. Now

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In Saddam’s Former Jail, Cash Aid Allays Grim Routine for Refugees

By Sebastien Malo AKRE, Iraq, June 6 – As Mohammed Said Amin witnessed the intensifying battle between government forces and rebel groups for control of his hometown of Damascus, he and his wife made a plan to escape. They left for Ras al-Ayn, a Syrian town bordering Turkey. But when it came under attack from

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Iraqi Kurdish Delegation Visits Baghdad for Talks

ERBIL, Iraq, Jan 31 – A senior delegation from Iraq’s Kurdish north held talks in Baghdad with the government on Sunday, a spokesman said, after weeks of warnings from officials in the autonomous region that it faced an economic collapse. Both Baghdad and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) rely heavily on oil export revenue and

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A Divided House

By Mohammed A. Salih Kurdistan’s future looks bleak, threatened by political rifts Hawre, 24, is struggling to make ends meet by selling sunglasses placed on a small table just a couple of yards away from Erbil’s millennia-old citadel. Hawre’s task, like others’, has become more difficult these days as Iraq’s Kurdish region is facing economic challenges

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The Ground Beneath Their Feet

The turf war over Tuz Khurmato won’t let up BY Suadad Al Salhy On Nov. 12, as Kurdish and Yazidi forces backed by the U.S.-led military coalition and Iraqi air force attempted to retake the northern city of Sinjar from Islamic militants, violence erupted between two traditional Iraqi allies in Tuz Khurmato, 108 miles north of

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