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Meeting shia militias

Large swathes of Iraq are governed not by the Iraqi government but by the Shia militia Badr organization. The other Shia militias and the Iraqi police are subordinate to the Interior Ministry, which is largely run by the Badr organization. The question of who is…

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One day in Mosul

Mosul is only an hour away from the Kurdish capital Erbil. In Erbil we pass the amusement park, the shopping malls and the hustle and bustle on the streets. Kurdish flags are waving at the checkpoints towards Mosul. The checkpoints are staffed by Peshmerga.

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German Media vs. Trumps Ambassador

According to some articles in the German media, the US ambassador to Germany, Richard Grenell, behaves like a "far-right colonial officer", is a "diplomatic total failure" or even the "high commissioner of an occupying power". If you ask the readers of such articles, then…

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Roadtrip with a hero

Ako and Abbas are the heroes, who rescued more than 70 people from the IS-frontlines using an old armored BMW. Fidelis Cloer is a dear friend of mine and the most knowlageble person in the world when it comes to armored vehicles. My other dear…

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