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.