This week's headlines: Violent Anti-Government Protests in the Kurdistan Region Result in Dozens of Casualties ▪ German Government Makes Aid Contingent on Resolution of Baghdad-Erbil Conflict ▪ Sistani Calls for PMUs to Merge with ISF; U.S. Troops in Iraq ‘Long-Term’ ▪ Mosul Civilian Casualty Counts Still Underestimated ▪ Minimum Wage Increased; Personal Status Law May Be Reintroduced Next Year
On September 25, the Kurdistan Regional Government held a referendum asking voters “Do you want the Kurdistan Region and the Kurdistani areas outside the region’s administration to become an independent state?” Two days later, the Electoral Commission announced that 92.75 percent of more than 3.3 million votes cast were in favor of independence. Since that time, Iraqi
As they swept across northern Iraq in summer 2014, ISIS militants targeted members of the Yazidi faith in Sinjar – launching a genocidal attack on the ancient religious minority that galvanized a global response. Nearly two years after the town of Sinjar’s liberation in November 2015, the future for Iraq’s Yazidi community remains perilous. As regional actors
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As Iraqi forces near victory against ISIS militants in Mosul, policymakers in Baghdad now face the daunting task of restoring infrastructure and essential services in cities and territory damaged by three years of brutal occupation and war. The costs of such work in Mosul alone could