This week's headlines: ISIS Grows More Brutal Against Civilians Trapped in Mosul; Flooding Slows IDPs Struggling to Flee the City ▪ Prime Minister Abadi Visits Mosul; Federal Police Progress Cautiously into Old City and ISIS May Have Used Chemical Weapons Again ▪ ISIS Continues to Execute Innocent Civilians in Hawija ▪ Diyala, Salah ad-Din Security Remains Tenuous ▪ VP Allawi Speculates ISIS and al-Qaeda Reunite; New Iranian Ambassador Arrives in Baghdad; U.S. Recommits to Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga ▪ Update on Captured Yazidis, Christian Minorities
Following a recent day trip to eastern Mosul to visit the clinics receiving support from Soccer Salam, EPIC’s Matthew Schweitzer describes the sheer destruction facing the lifelong residents struggling to … Read more
The dissolution of Iraq’s once-prestigious healthcare system represents the tragic culmination to a longer trajectory of decline marked by war, sanctions, funding shortfalls, and neglect over three decades.… Read more
Mutanabbi Street is a celebrated part of Baghdad named for the 10th century Iraqi poet. It is filled with bookstores and cafes where people have gathered for centuries to exchange knowledge and ideas, and has been dubbed the heart and soul of Baghdad’s literary community.
But 10 years ago, on March 5, 2007, 26 … Read more
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
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