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Iraq Security and Humanitarian Monitor

ISHM : August 3 – 9

This week’s headlines:
  • IHEC Is Accused of Ignoring Vote Counting Machine Concerns, IHEC Announces the End of Election Ballots Recount – The process of election ballot recount was concluded, while the Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) was criticized for allegedly ignoring concerns over electronic vote counting machines. According to an August 5 report by Reuters, IHEC ignored Iraq’s Board of Supreme Audit (BSA) reservations concerning the electronic vote counting machines. On August 6, IHEC announced the official end of the ballots recount of the parliamentary elections, which took place on May 12, 2018. more…
  • ISF Continue Carrying Out Security Operations,
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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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#33: What is next for Iraqi Kurdistan?

On September 25, the Kurdistan Regional Government held a referendum asking voters “Do you want the Kurdistan Region and the Kurdistani areas outside the region’s administration to become an independent state?” Two days later, the Electoral Commission announced that 92.75 percent of more than 3.3 million votes cast were in favor of independence. Since that time, Iraqi

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#32: Yazidi Women and Conflict in Northern Iraq

As they swept across northern Iraq in summer 2014, ISIS militants targeted members of the Yazidi faith in Sinjar – launching a genocidal attack on the ancient religious minority that galvanized a global response. Nearly two years after the town of Sinjar’s liberation in November 2015, the future for Iraq’s Yazidi community remains perilous. As regional actors

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