Shkur Miro and the rest of the men listening carefully to what their teacher tells them are Peshmerga fighters, taking a break from the war with Isis. In the past, fighters here had their schooling interrupted by conflict and poverty. Now they are taking night classes that could save their lives. Read more here.
A secret raid to free dozens of hostages facing “imminent mass execution” has led to the death of the first US serviceman in Iraq since America’s war with Isis began. Read more.
In this year long project, photographers from Iraq’s first photo agency, Metrography, document the lives of Iraqis displaced by the war with Isis. The photographers themselves have all been refugees in the past so they bring deep insight into the subject. I was lucky enough to work with Hawre Khalid and Rawsht Twana on three stories for the project: The Orphans of Alqosh (Al Jazeera Magazine), Standed Lives (Newsweek Japan, Corriere Della Serra) and Shaqluja. View the whole website here.
Iraq’s female cycling champions training in Sulaimaniyah. I followed the team for a year and found out how they balance family expectations with being top athletes in a country at war. Iraq also has some of the most dangerous roads in the world and no cycling infrastructure. Women are generally not encouraged to take part in sports outside the home. Read story here.