Hundreds of Iraqi refugees took their frustrations to the streets of Helsinki last Saturday, in peaceful protest against Finland’s immigration policies. An estimated 300 people mobilised by the Finnish branch of the ‘Association of Iraqi Demonstrators’, assembled in Kolmen Sepan Aukio square, armed with a series of demands from their host government.
As Iraqi forces and Islamic State terrorists exchange fire, the situation for local inhabitants attracts growing concern. FRB examines the current fate of displaced families.
Arabic calligraphy is an ancient art whose roots stretch back to Baghdad under the Abbasid Empire. It is out of modern day Iraq that some of the earliest Arabic scripts emerged. Many of these remain widely practised until the present day. The art has always occupied an important place in Iraq’s artistic scene - but that was before 2003. FRB follows two Iraqi calligraphers both of whom still practise the art away from their native Iraq. This is their story:
The latest news round-up of developments inside Iraq;
(1) Iranian Revolutionary Guard Forces launch fresh attacks on Mahabad borderland
(2) Militia crimes behind closed doors of liberation in Fallujah
A victory may have been won by pro-government forces in Fallujah, but liberation is feeding Iraq's largest humanitarian disaster. As numbers of those displaced rapidly mushroom, the problem weighs heavily on the shoulders of a cash-strapped government.
How will the state, whose economy is already crippled by budget deficits and plunging oil prices, cope?
As more people flee their war-torn homes, allegations of torture and abuse are increasingly surfacing.
Over the past few days the headquarters and offices of political parties and blocs in Iraq have been stormed by protesters demanding real political reforms.
Latest reports from Saqlawiyah confirm the torture of thousands of Sunni men at the hands of militias, days after the city's liberation. FRB investigated these claims, and caught up with residents who safely escaped only to recount the horrors others did not survive.
As Iraqi forces and state-sponsored militias shuffle from one town to the next, more residents are fleeing their towns and villages. Women and children have been helped to safety by state forces - the men however, appear to be missing. FRB brings you more.
A week into 'Operation Retake Fallujah' and heavy pummelling of the city continues. Shia militias leading the battle are edging closer towards the western town. Garma residents have been evacuated from the area, but many more are reported missing. FRB brings you the latest developments.
Operation retake Fallujah was announced on May 23, by Iraqi president and Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces, Haidar Al Abadi. FRB takes a look at developments over the past two days.
Iraq must be returned to Iraqis !!