Iraqi security forces, facing an uptick of Islamic State militants in western Anbar, have intensified their operations in the province after the militant group carried out a series of attacks over the past few months.
The Jubouri tribe in Najaf Province welcomed one of the men who managed to escape ISIS’ grip after he was kidnapped along with 15 others by ISIS last week in the sub-district of Nukhayb in Anbar Province.
On Wednesday, Iraqis in southern Iraqi city of Najaf mourned the death of six people who went missing last weekend. The six people, including a seventh who is still lost, were truffle hunting in the Nukhayb desert when they were killed by ISIS militants.
Iraqi farmers in the south are fighting to save their cattle from punishing drought as they travel ever greater distances with their flock to find water. The drought is a result of Iraq's neighbours, Iran and Turkey, rerouting several rivers and tributaries that are used to help irrigate Iraq.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi has taken many steps in the past two weeks to meet the demands of the demonstrators and assuage their anger. Oil prices have been improving for almost a year, and everyone knows there are sufficient funds to cover all the items of the annual budget
With over a million and a half orphans spread around Iraq, organisations such as al-Ayn Social Care Foundation in Najaf is attempting to mitigate the suffering of orphans by providing them with financial, medical and psychological aid.
An Institute for Coexistence and Peace has been opened in the Iraqi city of Najaf. Institutions aimed at promoting adherence to the rule of law regardless of ethnic and religious denominations are gaining more legitimacy in Iraq.