Iraq gives visa on arrival to citizens of 30 countries

The list includes the United States, China and other large economies in a bid to attract investment to Iraq; most foreigners need to apply for a visa before traveling to Iraq.

Al-Monitor Staff | Tourism | Mar 16, 2021
al-monitor An Iraqi Airways Boeing 747 cargo aircraft is pictured on the tarmac of Baghdad's international airport following its reopening, after a closure since March forced by the coronavirus pandemic restrictions, Iraq, July 23, 2020. Photo by Ahmad al-Rubaye/AFP via Getty Images.

Flurry of Sunni Triangle ops sparks questions over Islamic State

Several large military operations conducted in Sunni-majority areas of Iraq in recent weeks and mass killings have raised questions over whether a much-debated IS resurgence is actually in the making or whether the roots of the problem lie elsewhere.

Shelly Kittleson | | Mar 16, 2021

Baghdad’s Mustansiriya Madrassa ready for World Heritage List

Baghdad’s Mustansiriya Madrassa established by Abbasid Caliph Al-Mustansir around 1230 suffers obsolescence, dampness, environmental pollution and urban sprawl.

Adnan Abu Zeed | Architecture | Mar 13, 2021

Pope speaks of interfaith tolerance from ancient city of Ur

The ancient city is the birthplace of the father of the three major monotheistic religions, a fitting backdrop for an interfaith dialogue, Pope Francis said.

Al-Monitor Staff | | Mar 9, 2021

At least one killed in Baghdad explosion

The grenade attack targeted a group of people commemorating a late imam who is revered by Shiite Muslims; the attack follows an Islamic State attack in the Iraqi capital in January.

Al-Monitor Staff | Terrorism | Mar 9, 2021