Sinan Salaheddin

217 Flips | 4 Magazines | 3 Likes | 4 Following | 24 Followers | @sinansalaheddin | Senior Correspondent at The Associated Press in Baghdad, Iraq.

Water crisis salts the earth in Iraq's long-neglected south

BAGHDAD (AP) — Qassim Sabaan Ali has spent the past 15 years tending to orchards in southern Iraq, only to see them wither or die as saltwater has seeped into the once-lush soil.<p>The southern city of Basra was once known as the "Venice of the East" because of its freshwater canals, and Iraq itself …

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Soaring unemployment fuels protests in southern Iraq

BAGHDAD (AP) — For more than three years after graduation, Karar Alaa Abdul-Wahid tried to get a stable job in the Iraqi government and in the private sector — to no avail.<p>He once was offered a job with the Oil Ministry in his energy-rich hometown of Basra, but it came with a hefty price: he would …

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Southern Iraq's woes to continue, renewed protests possible

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's government may have muddled its way through violent street protests in the country's oil-rich south with promises of jobs and better services, but the root causes of this month's unrest remain almost intact and it could be just a matter of time before popular discontent boils …

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Protests in southern Iraq to demand better services, jobs

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqis demanding better public services and jobs took to the streets for the sixth day on Sunday in the southern oil-rich province of Basra, as authorities put security forces on high alert and blocked the internet in the country's Shiite heartland.<p>The protests come at a sensitive …

For a Yazidi woman abducted by IS, a tearful homecoming

BAGHDAD (AP) — Farida Khalaf somehow kept her composure as she returned to her devastated home village in northern Iraq for the first time in four years — until she entered the schoolhouse.<p>That was where the Islamic State militants had separated her and other Yazidi women from their male relatives, …

In about-face, Iraq's maverick al-Sadr moves closer to Iran

BAGHDAD (AP) — Muqtada al-Sadr, the maverick Shiite cleric who emerged as the main winner in Iraq's parliamentary elections last month, campaigned on a platform to end sectarian politics and replace it with a government that puts Iraqis first.<p>Instead, he has forged a postelection coalition with a …

Tough road for Iraq's female candidates in May 12 elections

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi women running for parliament this month are undaunted, despite many challenges they face ahead of the May 12 elections — including unprecedented smear campaigns complete with sex videos that have forced some to withdraw.<p>Many see the vote as a chance to push women's issues to …

Iraq's move to rush oil bidding could deter some firms

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq is opening more of its untapped oil and gas resources to foreign developers, hoping to boost revenues after its costly war with the Islamic State group, but analysts say the rushed bidding process — now timed to precede national elections — could draw a lukewarm response.<p>Last …

Iraq recovers bodies of 39 Indians abducted by IS in 2014

BAGHDAD (AP) — The dirt mound in the dry hills outside the village of Badush was known as a place where Islamic State fighters had buried some of their enemies after they overran much of northern Iraq nearly four years ago. But it was only when Iraqi authorities began digging last summer that the …

Aid groups: Iraqi authorities push refugees to return home

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi authorities are increasing pressure on families in camps in western Anbar province, displaced during the war against the Islamic State group, to return to their homes ahead of national elections in May, international aid agencies warned on Wednesday.<p>The 2014 IS blitz that …

Iraq's ethnic, religious groups fragmented as elections near

BAGHDAD (AP) — Long beset by toxic divisions, Iraq seems to be growing even more fragmented ahead of national elections scheduled for May, with Iranian influence set to grow and the minority Sunnis seething as they fend for themselves in areas of the country shattered by the three-year war against …

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Optimism in Iraq fuels revived interest in classic cars

BAGHDAD (AP) — When Iraqi forces drove Islamic State militants out of eastern Mosul a year ago, Nashwan Shakir Mahmoud raced back to his home, hoping that his red and white 1955 Chevrolet coupe had survived three years of war and upheaval.<p>When he saw that it had only suffered light damage from a …

Twin bombings in Baghdad kill 38, shatter post-IS calm

BAGHDAD (AP) — Twin suicide bombings rocked Baghdad on Monday, killing 38 people in the deadliest attack since Iraq declared victory over the Islamic …

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Drug use, sales soar in Iraq's Basra amid nationwide spike

BASRA, Iraq (AP) — The rows of self-harm scars that course upward on the teenager's forearms from her wrists nearly to her elbows are reminders of dark times.<p>At age seven, the now 19-year-old was diagnosed with sickle-cell anemia, a hereditary disease that comes with painful symptoms, including …

Too much red? With Patriarch Louis Raphael Sako, the leader of the Iraq-based Chaldean Catholic Church, who bitterly says Christians endure "discrimination" and "marginalization" in Iraq. Sako also calls on Muslim leaders to “update” their religious messages and interpretations. #Iraq #everydayiraq #Baghdad #merrychristmas #jesus #christianity #christmas #Christians #journalism #AP #interview #onassignment #red

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From sniper to saint, showing Iraqi Shiite militias' power

BASRA, Iraq (AP) — In his martyrdom, he has virtually become a new saint for Iraq's Shiites. His poster adorns shop windows, men and women wear his image as badges. Poems praise his valor. His sniper's rifle, with which he's said to have killed nearly 400 Islamic State group militants, is now …

AP Interview: Iraq patriarch looks to life after war with IS

BAGHDAD (AP) — As Iraq emerges from more than three years of war with the Islamic State group, battling an extremist "mentality" will be the key to peaceful coexistence among the country's religious and ethnic groups, the top Chaldean Catholic Church official tells The Associated Press.<p>Patriarch …

Iraqi weather service warns of brutal heat wave next week

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's weather service warned Thursday that temperatures will increase next week in most parts of the country, with the highs expected to reach 51 degrees Celsius, or about 124 degrees Fahrenheit, adding to the daily woes of Iraqi citizens already facing a deteriorated security …

Iraqi entrepreneurs find business success in smartphone apps

BAGHDAD (AP) — It didn't take long for Ahmed Subhi and his friends to figure out the best project to launch amid Iraq's acute economic crisis. They just looked at their phones.<p>Subhi became the co-founder of Baghdad's popular food ordering and delivery app called Wajbety, or My Meal.<p>"When we were …

Bookstore on wheels turns heads in Baghdad

BAGHDAD (AP) — The Iraqis guarding Baghdad's many checkpoints, on the lookout for car bombs and convoys, don't know what to make of Ali al-Moussawi when he pulls up in a truck displaying shelves of glossy books.<p>The mobile bookstore is the latest in a series of efforts by the 25-year-old to share …

Bookstore on wheels turns heads in Baghdad

BAGHDAD (AP) — The Iraqis guarding Baghdad's many checkpoints, on the lookout for car bombs and convoys, don't know what to make of Ali al-Moussawi when he pulls up in a truck displaying shelves of glossy books.<p>The mobile bookstore is the latest in a series of efforts by the 25-year-old to share …

Last letters : From Mosul schoolboys to Islamic State 'martyrs'

MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - “My dear family, please forgive me,” reads the handwritten letter discarded in the dusty halls of an Islamic State training compound in eastern Mosul.<p>Teenage militant Alaa abd al-Akeedi's final letter to his family appears on official Islamic State stationery in Erbil, Iraq, …

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Previously untouched 600BC palace discovered under shrine demolished by Isil in Mosul

Archaeologists documenting Isil’s destruction of the ruins of the Tomb of the Prophet Jonah say they have made an unexpected discovery which could help in our understanding of the world’s first empire.<p>The Nebi Yunus shrine - containing what Muslims and Christians believe to be the tomb of Jonah, as …

Turning Iraq history to rubble, leaving the mess to looters

NIMRUD, Iraq (AP) — The giant winged bulls that once stood sentry at the nearly 3,000-year-old palace at Nimrud have been hacked to pieces. The fantastical human-headed creatures were believed to guard the king from evil, but now their stone remains are piled in the dirt, victims of the Islamic …

Agatha Christie had little-known role in ancient Nimrud

NIMRUD, Iraq (AP) — Her diligence and face cream cleaned Nimrud's most famous ivory. She captured the archaeological dig on celluloid and Kodak film, developing the prints in water painstakingly filtered from the nearby Tigris River.<p>And every day, after she balanced the books and arranged for the …