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In this Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, photo, F, 22, who says she was raped by members of Myanmar’s armed forces in June and again in September, cries as she speaks to The Associated Press in her tent in Kutupalong refugee camp in Bangladesh. The Associated Press has found that the rape of Rohingya women by Myanmar’s security forces has been sweeping and methodical. The AP interviewed 29 women and girls who say they were raped by Myanmar’s armed forces, and found distinct patterns in their accounts, their assailants’ uniforms and the details of the rapes themselves. The most common attack involved groups of soldiers storming into a house, beating any children inside and then beating and gang raping the women. Image by Wong Maye-E. Bangladesh, 2017.
December 12, 2017

This week: The Burmese military's use of rape as a weapon of terror, Iran's growing influence in post-Hussein Iraq, and the story of why a hard-drive with secrets about an El Salvadorian colonel was...

In this Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, photo, F, 22, who says she was raped by members of Myanmar’s armed forces in June and again in September, cries as she speaks to The Associated Press in her tent in Kutupalong refugee camp in Bangladesh. The Associated Press has found that the rape of Rohingya women by Myanmar’s security forces has been sweeping and methodical. The AP interviewed 29 women and girls who say they were raped by Myanmar’s armed forces, and found distinct patterns in their accounts, their assailants’ uniforms and the details of the rapes themselves. The most common attack involved groups of soldiers storming into a house, beating any children inside and then beating and gang raping the women. Image by Wong Maye-E. Bangladesh, 2017.
December 11, 2017 / AP News
by Kristen Gelineau, Maye-e Wong

An AP report documents savage sexual assaults on 29 women and girls, age 13 to 35, bolstering the case that Myanmar’s armed forces are systematically employing rape as a "calculated tool of terror."

In this November 19 photo, a Rohingya Muslim child runs on a mud track between tents at Kutupalong refugee camp in Bangladesh. Image by Maye-e Wong. Bangladesh, 2017. 
December 11, 2017
by Kristen Gelineau, Todd Pitman

"All I have left are my words," the Rohingya Muslim refugee said. The AP documents systematic gang rape of Rohingya women by the Myanmar military, and reconstructs a massacre in one Rohingya village.

Screenshot from video courtesy PBS NewsHour. 
December 11, 2017 / PBS NewsHour
by Reza Sayah

In a 2016 offensive to take Mosul back from ISIS, the U.S. and Iran fought on the same side without ever publicly acknowledging it. What does that bode for the future? 

Image courtesy Defence Images/Flickr/CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.
December 10, 2017 / Novara Media
by Matt Kennard

It is hard to fathom that the little British town of Barrow-in-Furness, population 69,087, is the central node in the production of a nuclear arsenal capable of wiping out civilisation.

Screenshot from video courtesy PBS NewsHour. Iraq, 2017.
December 8, 2017 / PBS NewsHour
by Reza Sayah

In 2014, when most U.S. ground forces were gone and Iraqi forces were too weak, the threat of ISIS in Iraq spawned the PMF, a government-sanctioned militia that was armed, funded and trained by Iran...

Screenshot from video courtesy PBS NewsHour. Iraq, 2017.
December 7, 2017 / PBS NewsHour
by Reza Sayah

During the rule of Saddam Hussein, few Iranians dared to make the religious pilgrimage to the holy city of Karbala in Iraq. But the toppling of Saddam has drawn millions of worshippers back,...

Members of the Iranian-backed Public Mobilization Forces train in northern Iraq. Image by Gelareh Kiazand. Iraq, 2017.
November 29, 2017
by Reza Sayah, Gelareh Kiazand

The U.S. spent more than one trillion dollars on the war in Iraq but today Iran's influence appears to outweigh Washington's. How far has Iran extended its reach in Iraq and should the U.S. be...

A photograph of Emmerson Mnangagwa in his office after the interview. Image by Martin Fletcher. Zimbabwe, 2017.
November 28, 2017 / The Times
by Martin Fletcher

The most feared man in the country is set to become the next Zimbabwean president. A year ago, he gave a rare interview to Martin Fletcher.

Competitors battle for control of a calf at a buzkashi event in northern Afghanistan. March 2017. Image by Jason Motlagh.
November 23, 2017 / WNYC Radio
by Jason Motlagh

Jason Motlagh appears on WNYC's The Takeaway to discuss buzkashi, Afghanistan's national sport and a window into the politics and culture of the country.

Militants from the Rohingya insurgent group ARSA. September 2017. Image by Jason Motlagh.
November 23, 2017 / The New Republic
by Jason Motlagh

Why the Burmese military has used the rhetoric of the global war on terror as a pretext for its ethnic cleansing campaign against the Rohingya Muslims

Lao village boys play soccer at sunset. Image by Erin McGoff. Laos, 2017.
November 21, 2017
by Kamran Rahman, Erin McGoff

Erin McGoff and an international team seek support for next phase in production of a full-length documentary on Laotian efforts to remove millions of unexploded ordnances left behind by the U.S.