Latest from Mustafa Salim

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

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. contractor dies as rocket attacks in Iraq pose fresh challenge to Biden

The Pentagon said the contractor died of a heart attack while seeking shelter.
  • Mar 3, 2021

Militia strike constitutes key test of Biden’s plan to engage, restrain Iran

Administration hopes to use diplomacy to restore nuclear deal while curbing Tehran’s support for militia groups
  • Feb 26, 2021

Civilian contractor killed, U.S. service member wounded in Iraq attack

Five more contractors were wounded in the rocket attack near an Irbil base that hosts coalition forces.
  • Feb 15, 2021

What the fight against ISIS looks like as U.S. troops pull out of Iraq

The Post's Louisa Loveluck accompanied a group of Iraqi soldiers on Jan. 17 to report on the fight against the Islamic State as U.S. troops withdraw from Iraq.
  • Feb 3, 2021

Hunting ISIS: On a nighttime raid with Iraqi special forces

As U.S. troops withdraw, elite Iraqi soldiers take the lead in rolling up down ragtag bands of Islamic State fighters, sleeper cells and militant financiers.
  • Feb 3, 2021

Iraq’s closure of remaining displacement camps sparks fear, confusion

Tens of thousands of civilians remain stranded, their future uncertain because of familial ties to Islamic State members.
  • Feb 1, 2021