This week's headlines: Kurdish Parliament to Reconvene as Tension Mounts Over Referendum Participation ▪ ISIS Militants Surrender in Sharqat, Flee Hawija Ahead of Operations ▪ Iraq Considers Options for Foreign ISIS Fighters, Families ▪ Village Near Tal Afar Cleared Again; Commission Releases Mosul Report ▪ Security in Western Anbar Remains Tenuous
This week's headlines: Hawija Operations “Imminent” ▪ Intense Fighting Continues Near Tal Afar ▪ Barzani Doubles Down on Referendum ▪ ISIS Militants Released by Hezbollah May Have Reached Iraq
This week's headlines: Abadi Declares Tal Afar “Liberated” from ISIS ▪ Despite Military Success, More Displacements and Abuse of Tal Afar Civilians ▪ Hawija May Be Next for Security Forces as Atrocities Continue ▪ IEDs Roil Baghdad ▪ Forced Returns to Anbar Province; Jordanian Border Reopens ▪ Kirkuk Provincial Council Votes to Participate in Kurdistan Region Independence Referendum ▪ Militia Storms Diyala Provincial Council Over Attempts to Dismiss Governor
As the Muslim community prepares to celebrate Eid al-Adha, my family is making a gift to the Education for Peace in Iraq Center. For nearly 20 years, EPIC has fought to raise awareness and understanding of the needs in my native Iraq. In the 1990s, that meant organizing protests… Read more
This week's headlines: As Tal Afar Operations Begin, PMU Participation Remains Uncertain ▪ Tal Afar Civilian Protection Poses Challenges for UN, Aid Agencies ▪ Kurdish Flag Flies in Kirkuk as Calls to Postpone Independence Referendum Widen ▪ Aid Finally Reaches Western Mosul; U.S. Moves to Assist with IED Removal ▪ PKK Pushes for Greater Authority in Sinjar ▪ Airstrikes Continue in Western Anbar, Despite Some Objection
We are thrilled to announce the addition of Ayad Amin to the EPIC team! Ayad will be coordinating our newest program, the Connection Initiative. In partnership with Professionals for a Better Iraq and with funding from the National Endowment for Democracy, EPIC’s Connection Initiative will seek to connect… Read more
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.