Author: Birgit Svensson

The Iraqi army enters Fallujah (photo: Reuters/A. Al-Marjani)

The reconquest of Fallujah

The serpent′s head

Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr (photo: picture-alliance/dpa/K. Kadim)

Iraq′s political crisis

Al-Sadr the power broker

Mourning the victims of the Paris and Brussels attacks (photo: Getty Images/C. Furlong)

IS attacks in Paris and Brussels

Orchestrating a reign of terror

Haura from Basra (front left) and Samarkand from Baghdad (rear right) in the writing workshop in Basra (photo: Inka Thunecke/DW)

Women′s writing workshop in Basra, Iraq

Writing to survive

Massoud Barzani, president of the autonomous region of Kurdistan (photo: Maurizio Gambarini/dpa)

Iraqi Kurdistan in political and economic crisis

Barzani′s sinking ship

Caricature by Abdul Raheem Yassir: jihadist with time fuse – symbolic of all-out destruction, including of himself (photo: Abdul Raheem Yassir)

Caricaturists in Iraq

Walking a satirical tightrope

Massoud Barzani, president of the Kurdistan Region in Iraq (photo: Reuters)

The Kurdish conflict

Barzani in a tight spot

Soldiers with surface-to-air missile launcher in the background (photo: picture-alliance/dpa)

Kurds in Iraq

When hope turns to fear

Saudi Defence Minister Prince Mohammed bin Salman and soldiers (photo: Reuters/Saudi Press Agency)

Saudi Arabia and the conflict in Yemen

Saudi actions backfire

Shia units of the Iraqi army near the suburbs of Ad-Dawr near Tikrit (photo: Getty Images/AFP/Al-Rubaye)

Military offensive against IS in Iraq

Strike and counter-strike

US fighter jets on their way to conduct air strikes on IS positions in Syria (photo: Reuters/U.S. Air Force/Senior Airman Matthew Bruch)

Military strikes against IS

Fragile alliance

Iraq's new prime minister, Haider al-Abadi, after being sworn into office in Baghdad (photo: Reuters/Hadi Mizban)

New government in Iraq

Shouldering a huge political burden

Nouri al-Maliki (photo: AFP/Getty Images)

Nouri al-Maliki and the Iraqi crisis

Not the right guy for Iraq

An irrigation canal on the Euphrates bursting its banks (photo: Birgit Svensson)

Flood disaster in Iraq

Water as an instrument of war

The aftermath of an ISIS attack on military vehicles in Mosul (photo: Reuters)

Jihadists seize Iraqi city of Mosul

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Wave of terror washes over Iraq

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