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Ghaith Abdul-Ahad

Ghaith Abdul-Ahad

    Iraq: A divided nation tears itself apart once again
    Iraq: A divided nation tears itself apart once again
    Iraq went to the polls for the third time since the fall of Saddam Hussein but for many Iraqis the election has held little hope.
    Syria's very poor revolution
    Syria's very poor revolution
    Hundreds of international fighters have flocked to Syria to join the war against Bashar al-Assad's government, most of them ill-equipped.
    Insanity rules the new front in al-Qaeda's war
    Insanity rules the new front in al-Qaeda's war
    Former comrades are pitted against one another --and against a besieged government.
    How Somalia's civil war became new front against al-Qaeda
    How Somalia's civil war became new front against al-Qaeda
    On a side street off Mogadishu's Wadnaha Road frontline a young officer is explaining the unwritten rules of the city's intractable civil war.
    Behind the glitz of Dubai
    Behind the glitz of Dubai
    Dizzying construction boom relies on migrant labourers who are lured into a life of squalor and exploitation, writes Ghaith Abdul-Ahad.
    'Why is life in Iraq so cheap?'
    'Why is life in Iraq so cheap?'
    In most cities of the world, a person might expect to be feted for surviving a single bomb attack. In Baghdad, survival stories can be found on every street corner. Ali, a survivor of two bomb attacks, tells Ghaith Abdul-Ahad that Iraqis are living in a state of hysteria.
    Oiling the wheels of war
    Oiling the wheels of war
    On the banks of the Shatt al-Arab in southern Iraq, a family business is thriving. For the Ashur, a small clan of 50 families, it's worth several million dollars a week. Costs are steep, especially for security. But profits are tidy and business is booming. The Ashur smuggle oil. For years under Saddam Hussein, they worked as mere guards at Abu Flus terminal at the mouth of the Gulf.
    Iraq's Mehdi Army vows revenge on British troops
    Iraq's Mehdi Army vows revenge on British troops
    The Mehdi Army Shi'ite militia vowed on Friday night to conduct revenge attacks on British soldiers in southern Iraq after its Basra leader was killed by Iraqi special forces in an operation supported by British troops. Wissam Abu Qader was described by British officials as responsible for criminal activities and attacks against foreign troops.
    Behind Baghdad's front lines
    Behind Baghdad's front lines
    Fadhel is a slim 26-year-old Mahdi Army commander with a thin goatee beard and smoothed-down hair that looks like a flat cap. One day last month he described how he and his men seized a group of three Sunnis suspected of killing his fellow Shia. "I followed the group for weeks and then one of them crossed the bridge to Karrada [a Shia district]. We first informed a nearby Iraqi army checkpoint that we were arresting terrorists"
    Behind the lines of a civil war
    Behind the lines of a civil war
    Husham is standing on a street corner in his Sunni Baghdad neighbourhood when his cellphone rings. "Yes brother ... Two strangers ... Investigate and take measures,'' he mumbles. He carries a pistol in his right hand. Around him are a half-dozen fellow vigilantes carrying Kalashnikovs or wearing pistols tucked into their belts.
    Iraq's scars of war
    Iraq's scars of war
    Under Saddam Hussein, Iraqi artists were forced to produce works that glorified the leader. Now the subject they most want to depict is the violence around them. Ghaith Abdul-Ahad reports.