Country: Iraq

Soldier loyal to Al-Thani and Haftar in Benghazi, 2015 (photo: Abdullah Doma/AFP/Getty Images)

Libya

The Gulf States′ proxy war: Baiting at a distance

Celebrating victory against IS in Mosul (photo: picture-alliance/dpa/AP/K. Kadim)

Middle East

Ending Iraq′s humanitarian crisis: Trust the people

Kurds celebrating Nowruz Festival in Istanbul (photo: Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

Kurdistan

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The future of a people: Good Kurd, bad Kurd

Girls wave the flag of Kurdistan on Flag Day in the regional capital of Arbil, Iraq, 17.12.2014 (photo: Safin Hamed/AFP/Getty Images)

Iraq

Kurdish referendum for political relevance: Papering over the cracks

Military jet fly-by at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh during Trump's presidential visit to Saudi Arabia, 20.05.2017 (photo: picture-alliance/dpa/ZUMA Wire/A. Hanks)

America′s dangerous anti-Iran posturing

For a farewell to arms

A man stands in the martyrs' section of Isfahan cemetery (photo: Philipp Breu)

Iran′s ″Holy Defence″

Dulce et decorum est...

An injured girl waiting for medical treatment in the Syrian town of Duma (photo: AFP/Getty Images)

Syria′s traumatised children

The horror that never fades

Libyan man passes billboard of Gaddafi′s face and the Arabic tag ″God is great″, Tripoli 2009 (source: AP/Ben Curtis)

Arab nationalism and political Islam

Secularism – ″the other option″?

A woman walks past Egyptian army tanks in downtown Cairo (photo: dpa)

Authoritarian rule in the Arab world

Fear of change

Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im (photo: scholarblogs.emory.edu/aannaim)

Interview with Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im

"We are in the middle of a transformative process"

Iraqi soldiers celebrate the re-capture of Mosul (photo: Getty Images/AFP/F. Senna)

Islamic State

Down but not necessarily out

Mural in Damascus showing former Syrian dictator Hafiz al-Assad with his sons (photo: Reuters)

Violence in the Arab world

Born of a barbaric state

What remains of the al-Hadba minaret belonging to Mosul′s 12th century Great Al-Nuri Mosque (photo: Reuters)

Cultural heritage in Syria and Iraq

Casualties of war

The ruins of Al-Nuri mosque in Mosul (photo: Reuters/Ahmaq News Agency)

Islamic State′s destruction of Mosul

Razed to the ground

Typical Shia turbans (photo: FARS)

The Sunni-Shia debate

For clarity′s sake

Iraqi novelist and poet Sinan Antoon (source: Lenos Verlag)

Book review: Sinan Antoon′s ″The Baghdad Eucharist″

Fading under fire

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