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Iraq Security and Humanitarian Monitor

ISHM: February 17 – 23, 2017

This week's headlines: Mosul Airport Cleared, Western Operations Move Forward as Violence Flares in the East ▪ Aid Delivery Resumes in East Mosul as Residents, Agencies Brace for West Operations ▪ PMUs Progress Toward Tal Afar, Continue to Interdict Supply Lines ▪ Defense Secretary Visits Baghdad; Iraq Vet McMaster Named National Security Adviser ▪ Coalition Airstrikes Continue in Anbar, Kirkuk, and Diyala Provinces; Turkey Targets PKK ▪ KRG Looks to Streamline Civil Service, Cut Down on Waste

Recent Analysis

Interview with Tim Arango: Beyond Iraq’s Headlines

Iraq has been subject to intense upheaval, social change, and cyclical violence — a reality that is challenging for any reporter to capture and share with an international readership. Read more

Interview with Sahr Muhammedally: How to Protect Iraq’s Civilians

Iraq’s government can implement civilian protection policies to promote national reconciliation and reduce tensions between the country’s ethnic, religious, and sectarian communities. Read more

Our Latest Podcasts

#29: How are Refugees Resettled in the US?

On January 27, President Donald Trump signed an executive order that suspends refugee admissions to the United States for 120 days, bars all Syrian refugees indefinitely, and dramatically reduces the number of refugees allowed to enter the United States in 2017, among other immigration restrictions. The order, titled “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry … Read more

#28: Displacements Beyond Mosul

Today, more than 10 million Iraqis – half of them children – are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance. More than 3.3 million Iraqis have been displaced from their homes since 2014. As Iraqi Security Forces and their allies work to liberate Mosul of ISIS militants (a process that may last for months), hundreds of … Read more

#27: What happens to Mosul after ISIS?

Since June 2014, ISIS militants have occupied Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city and the capital of the Ninewa Province. As Iraqi Security Forces, Kurdish Peshmerga, a U.S.-led coalition, and their allies prepare to clear ISIS from the city – beginning perhaps as soon as next month – we look ahead at what might come next.… Read more