Latest from Louisa Loveluck

In Iraq, powerful militias assassinate protesters with impunity

The killings take place in public, but no prosecutions follow. Activists blame groups linked to Iran.
  • May 12, 2021

Vaccination of populist cleric Moqtada al-Sadr blow to Iraq’s vaccine hesitancy

The photo of the cleric getting vaccinated prompted hundreds to get doses of their own amid Iraq’s faltering immunization efforts.
  • May 6, 2021

Toll climbs to 82 in fire at Baghdad hospital treating coronavirus patients

The blaze underscores the perilous state of Iraq's medical infrastructure, hobbled by endemic corruption and mismanagement.
  • Apr 25, 2021

Fire in Baghdad hospital kills dozens of covid-19 patients

Early reports suggested that the fire at the Ibn Khatib hospital began in an area used for storing oxygen canisters.
  • Apr 25, 2021

For an Iraqi doctor, vaccination is bittersweet. It didn’t come in time for her father.

Tamara Amer helped him beat back cancer, and together they dreamed of being vaccinated against the coronavirus.
  • Apr 14, 2021

Roar of hope. Silence of despair.

A year after Iraq’s youth revolution, Baghdad’s streets and squares have been largely abandoned. But not the dreams.
  • Apr 12, 2021

Iraq’s anti-American militias aren’t just Iranian proxies. That helps explain their troubles.

Young men once flocked to join them. Now, there’s resentment over what they’ve become and their broken promises.
  • Apr 9, 2021

U.S. and Iraq conclude talks on troop presence

Joint statement included little change as Iraqi prime minister faces pressure over troop levels
  • Apr 7, 2021

Pope Francis calls for hope over hatred amid ruins of Mosul church

The pontiff led prayers in a city that just four years earlier was in the hands of the Islamic State.
  • Mar 7, 2021

In Iraq, Pope Francis holds historic talks with Shiite ayatollah, decries religious violence at ancient Ur

“Terrorism abuses religion,” the pontiff said at a site revered in Christianity, Islam and Judaism as the birthplace of Abraham.
  • Mar 6, 2021