Archive for August, 2011

The US withdrawal from Iraq by the Numbers

The US Pullout from Iraq by the Numbers – RTE World Report Based on the terms of a 2008 security agreement signed by the United States and Iraq, all American forces must withdraw from the country by the end of this year. Though Iraqi politicians have said they will open negotiations with Washington on keeping [...]


Where Iraq stood in August 2010

Where Iraq Stood in August 2010 – RTE World Report August 2010 was a busy month in Iraq. Along with US forces gearing up to declare an official end to combat operations, and get troop numbers below 50,000 (from a peak of around 170,000 during “the surge”), a suicide bomber blew himself up amid a [...]


Mheibes – A traditional Iraqi game during Ramadan

Mheibes is a traditional game playing during the evening in Iraq throughout Ramadan. This short video, filmed in Baghdad, features a match between Adhamiyah in north Baghdad and nearby Saba Abkar. This is my first attempt at some form of video journalism — I used only my Canon EOS 550D and iPhone 4. Please let [...]


US takes on Iraq pullout ‘one bite at a time’

US takes on Iraq pullout 'one bite at a time'

Prashant’s Note: This article was originally published by AFP on July 25, 2011. It can be found in full here. by Prashant Rao CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE SPEICHER, Iraq (AFP) — From flyers warning troops the post office will shut soon to disused housing units waiting to be dispatched to their new destination, the signs are [...]


Baghdad Diary: Tech frustrations in Iraq

Prashant’s Note: This blog post was originally published by AFP on November 26, 2009. It can be found in full here. by Prashant Rao I love technology — I regularly read tech-related blogs, usually buy New Scientist, What Hi-Fi or similar magazines when I travel, and have spent more than I’d care to admit on [...]


Upstart Iraqi bloc seeks ‘peaceful uprising’ in Kurdistan

Prashant’s Note: This article was originally published by AFP on March 6, 2010. It can be found in full here. by Prashant Rao SULAIMANIYAH, Iraq — In March 1991, Kurdish rebels rose up against Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein in what is known in the region simply as “the uprising”. Almost 19 years later to the [...]