According to Saudi newspaper Al-Sharq al-Awsat, Iraqi Communists published the first newspaper in the post-war Iraq.
The first issue of Tarik al-Shaab (People's Way) newspaper, which used to be published by the Communist Party until 1979, was distributed in Iraqi capital free-of-charge.
Iraqi Communists have opened their headquarters on Andalus Square in downtown Baghdad.
Iraqi Communist Party was founded in 1921. The party faced persecutions on the part of authorities on numerous occasions. After being banned in Iraq, the party had split. Two fractions were in opposition to Saddam Hussein's regime. In the north of Iraq, there is also Kurdish Communist Party.
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