This week's headlines: Humanitarian Conditions in Tal Afar Deteriorate as Airstrikes Ramp Up ▪ Mosul IDPs Face Difficult Decision in Returning to their Homes ▪ Iraqi-Saudi Relations Continue to Improve, Border Reopened ▪ Basra Governor Resigns, Others Targeted for Corruption ▪ ISIS “Adapting” to Lost Territory
As nearly one million people remain displaced from Mosul and its surroundings, a plan to reconcile differences and rebuild cooperatively is critical for breaking the cycle of violence in Iraq. Our recent publications cover past lessons that may be useful in shaping Iraq's future...
This week's headlines: Eastern Mosul “On the Mend,” Though Sporadic Attacks and Retribution Fears Linger ▪ Aid Agencies, Security Forces Shift Attention to Tal Afar ▪ Iranian-Backed PMU Accuses U.S. of Attack, ISIS Claims Responsibility ▪ Changes to Election Law Met with Protests ▪ Gorran Votes to Reconcile with KDP
On this edition of Iraq Matters, noted British writer and journalist Cathy Otten explains the situation facing Yazidi families - particularly women and girls - as ISIS is driven out of their homeland in northern Iraq.
This week's headlines: Civilians Flee Tal Afar as Security Forces Prepare to Clear the City ▪ Orphaned Children and IEDs in Mosul’s Aftermath ▪ HRW, UNHCR Condemn Abuse of Civilians ▪ Security Operations, Airstrikes Ramp Up in Anbar ▪ Saudi Rapprochement Continues with Sadr Visit; Baghdad Strikes Oil Deal with Iran ▪ State Department Urges KRG to Postpone Independence Referendum
This week's headlines: Destruction, IEDs, and Lack of Goods Leave Few Options for Mosul IDPs ▪ National Strategy to Address Child Health Needs Unveiled; Schools Reopen Despite Dangers ▪ Military Operations Planned for ISIS Centers of Tal Afar, Hawija ▪ Pockets of Militants Targeted in Anbar, Diyala ▪ Ammar al-Hakim Leaves ISCI; Gorran Movement Elects New Leadership ▪ Iraq Signs Security MoU with Iran; Maliki Meets with Putin in Moscow
As he prepares for graduate study, our departing program assistant reflects on his time and research at EPIC, and looks toward Iraq’s reconstruction after ISIS.… Read more
Preparations for the independence referendum highlight political and generational divides in Iraqi Kurdistan. … Read more
This week's headlines: Airstrikes Continue and Leftover IEDs of Concern in Western Mosul ▪ Abuse, Summary Executions Eroding Confidence in ISF in Mosul ▪ Funding Shortages, Long Term Displacement May Plague Mosul ▪ Next Steps for ISF Remain Uncertain Amid Expected Displacement from Tal Afar, Hawija ▪ Christian Militias Lightly Spar Near Qaraqosh; Christian Mayor Ousted by KDP ▪ Implications Loom for September Kurdish Independence Referendum
The water crisis in Iraq is so severe that the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers — the country’s namesakes — could cease to flow by 2040. … Read more
The people of Iraq have successfully liberated the city of Mosul from the grips of ISIS after a nine month battle that claimed the lives of thousands of innocent civilians and left 70% of the city’s western half in near ruin. The result of ISIS brutality, 750,000 people remain displaced … Read more
This week's headlines: Despite Mosul Victory Announcement, “This Fight is Far From Over” ▪ Humanitarian Crisis is Worsening for IDPs from Mosul ▪ Amnesty International Issues Scathing Report on ISF Abuses - Abadi, U.S. Denounce Report ▪ PMUs Want Peshmerga Out of Disputed Areas, Allegedly Enter Syria Against Abadi’s Wishes ▪ Unconfirmed Reports of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s Death Lead to Divisions Within ISIS ▪ Kurdish Independence Referendum Stirs Internal Debate
On this edition of Iraq Matters, President of Iraq's Reconstruction Fund, Dr. Mustafa al-Hiti, explains the stark needs facing Iraq after ISIS, and the steps underway to rebuild his country's future.
Due to some difficulty with audio, below is a transcript of our IRAQ MATTERS Podcast #31: Reconstructing Iraq After ISIS. To listen to this episode, click here.… Read more
The agricultural sector — Iraq’s second largest industry, employing nearly one-third of the population — has been decimated by conflict, mismanagement, and halfhearted reform. … Read more
This week's headlines: Iraqi Security Forces Go Door-to-Door in Mosul’s Old City in Final Push to Clear ISIS ▪ Conditions for Mosul IDPs “An Experience Like Hell” According to UNHCR ▪ Security Forces Look to Next Destinations After Mosul: Hawija, Diyala, Syrian Border ▪ Attack at Displacement Camp Extends Protection Concerns for IDPs in Anbar ▪ U.S. Hints at Repercussions for Kurdish Independence ▪ Iranian Dams Restrict Water Flow in Iraqi Kurdistan
This week's headlines: Abadi Expected to Announce Victory in Mosul Despite Ongoing Violence ▪ Safe Routes Opened from Mosul’s Old City, Though Thousands Remain Trapped ▪ Barzani Presses Kurdish Independence Referendum ▪ Peshmerga Clash with ISIS in Kirkuk Province ▪ ISF Thwart ISIS Attacks in Diyala, Salah ad-Din ▪ UN Ambassador Haley Testifies Before Congress; State Department Plans to Remove Iraq from Child Soldier List ▪ Deportation Orders of Many Christian Iraqis Delayed by Federal Judge
This week's headlines: Aid Agencies Struggle to Keep Up with Mosul Exodus ▪ ISIS Destroys Famed al-Nuri Mosque; CTS Advances into Mosul’s Old City ▪ PMUs Reach Iraq/Syria Border ▪ Local Forces Thwart Attacks in Diyala ▪ Prime Minister Abadi Meets with Regional Leaders; Iran Pushes Support of Shia PMUs ▪ International Community Pushes Back on Kurdish Independence Referendum
Security challenges facing Baghdad after ISIS may not be so different from those that existed before 2014.… Read more
This week's headlines: Operations to Clear Mosul’s Old City See Slow Progress; Use of White Phosphorous of Concern ▪ ISIS Brutality in Mosul Results in Hundreds of Fatalities ▪ Displacement Rates from Western Mosul Sharply on the Rise; Food Poisoning Sickens Hundreds at Nearby IDP Camp ▪ Iraqi Kurdistan Continues to Press Independence Referendum Despite Objections ▪ U.S. Toughens Removal Order Enforcement; Prepares to Deport Hundreds of Iraqis ▪ Gulf State Diplomatic Row with Qatar Partially Caused by Ransom Payment ▪ Security Situation Along Salah ad-Din, Diyala Borders Remains Uncertain