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Iraq Security and Humanitarian Monitor

ISHM: May 10 – May 16, 2019

Key Takeaways:
  • Escalating Tensions Between the U.S. and Iran Affect Presence of Foreigners in Iraq – On May 12, the United States Embassy in Baghdad released a statement advising “all U.S. citizens of the heightened tensions in Iraq” and telling them to “remain vigilant.” On May 14, during a briefing to the press, U.K. Major General Chris Ghika, the Deputy Commander of the anti-ISIS Operation Inherent Resolve stated that “there’s been no increased threat from Iranian-backed forces in Iraq and Syria,” thus contradicting claims made by U.S. government officials. On May 16, in a move contradicting the earlier briefing, the
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The Ongoing Crisis in Basra: Interview with Benedict Robin-D’Cruz – Part 2

Protests and political violence continues to plague Basra, Iraq’s southernmost province. The province is largely populated by Iraq’s Shia majority, which has dominated Iraq’s post-2003 political order. Basra’s oil fields … Read more


Violence in Southern Iraq & Shia Politics: Interview with Benedict Robin-D’Cruz – Part 1

Away from the limelight, violence continues to rage in southern Iraq in the form of tribal clashes, pro-government militia infighting and criminal violence. This violence often affects unarmed bystanders and … Read more


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#36: Basra’s Water Crisis

Protests have become a seasonal phenomenon in Basra province, southern Iraq. To date, Baghdad’s change of regime has made little difference for Basra’s 4.5 million mostly Shia Muslim residents who are frustrated with government corruption and shortages of electricity, clean water, and employment opportunities.

Basra holds about 60% of Iraq’s proven oil reserves and yet suffers from

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#35: Mosul’s Recovery: A Dream Deferred

For three years, ISIS militants held Iraq’s second largest city of Mosul – a historic meeting place of cultures, religions, and ethnic identities. Sunni-Arabs, Yazidis, Kurds, Assyrians, Turkomen, and others shared the region before ISIS swept across Ninewa, but three years of conflict have left these groups scattered, under-represented, and facing a lifetime of reconstruction.

On this

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#34: Corruption and Reconstruction – Lessons Learned

Aside from the social and political costs that ISIS has wrought on Iraq, intense damage to cities and villages leaves the Iraqi people and their government with the massive task of rebuilding critical infrastructure. The reconstruction process presents an opportunity to bolster Iraq’s existing civil society, empower local populations, and foster new relationships between policymakers and their

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