In case you missed them, here are this week’s top stories on Iraq, followed by the Iraq Video of the Week.
Middle East Eye
Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Thursday nominated a new cabinet and pledged to make political reforms to reduce corruption in response to sit-in protests in Baghdad led by influential cleric Muqtada al-Sadr.
The World Bank Group
World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim told a special session of the Iraqi parliament today that the path to stability and shared growth in Iraq lay in empowering local governments, opening up and diversifying the economy, and improving the management of public finances by reforming the public sector and increasing accountability.
Dr. Theodore Karasik | Euractiv
The European Union can play a role in the stabilization of Iraq that could contribute to economic growth and peace while helping stem migration flows from the region.
Erika Solomon | Financial Times
The head of one of Iraq’s most powerful Shia paramilitary groups does not want to talk politics. “Let’s not talk about that yet, or the politicians will get scared,” Hadi al-Amiri laughs. “Let’s free our country first then we’ll talk.”
Rebecca Collard | Time
The major general may sound sound confident, but interviews on the ground suggest little progress has actually been made – and instead battlefield incompetence, a lack of trust from local population, and divisions among the various forces fighting ISIS are slowing the fight.
Special Correspondent | Niqash
An increase in airstrikes on Mosul is causing more civilian casualties. Ordinary people live in fear, the Islamic State uses deaths for propaganda and Iraqi authorities say nothing.
Campbell MacDiarmid | USA Today
The Iraqi army soldiers smoked nervously as they described their ordeal. Sent to clear a village of Islamic State fighters, they found themselves pinned down by sniper fire. A few hours later, after 10 comrades were wounded, they withdrew.
Iraq Video of the Week
Thousands of followers of Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr rally in southern Iraq to urge the government to speed up reforms and end widespread corruption. (Video Length 1:08)