David Axe

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  • 10 years ago

    Erbil, Iraq —There's an AK-47 leaning next to the couch at ZEEN women's center and radio station in this capital of the autonomous region of Kurdistan. Layla Ali, 30, ZEEN program director and fitness instructor, sits with one of her hosts on...

  • 10 years ago

    Erbil, Iraq—For days leading up to the December 15 federal elections, this northern city hosts what is probably the world's biggest round-the-clock outdoor party. Kurds in traditional dress—the men in drab trousers and tunics, the women ...

  • 10 years ago

    This is the second of two parts BASRA, IRAQ—For hours before he was shot to death in a Basra warehouse on August 2, New York City freelance writer Steve Vincent and his Iraqi interpreter, Nooriya Tuaiz, were apparently tortured—this acco...

  • 10 years ago

    BASRA, IRAQ—It's hard to fault Steve Vincent for having felt confident. For this New York City art critic–turned–freelance Iraq correspondent and blogger, life was good. In the Red Zone, his book about wartime Iraq, had done well an...

  • 10 years ago

    BASRA, Iraq—On a hot day in June, sailors in the blue uniforms of the Iraqi Navy work on a boat tied to the pier at Umm Qasr naval base. Under looming cargo cranes and swooping gulls, a massive tanker is moored, one of the more than 50 vessel...

  • 10 years ago

    SAMAWAH, IRAQ—Even on an early-June day, it's 130 degrees and rising in this Shiite town in the southern province of Al Muthanna. In a marketplace, vendors in unlit shops, some dabbing their foreheads with cloths, apologize to customers for t...


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